…..Tasks MDAs to cooperate with House Committees during budget defence.
Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has passed into second reading the State 2023 budget proposal of N148.9billion submitted by Gov. Abdullahi Sule to the House.
Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi the Speaker of the House announced the passage of the Appropriation Bill into second reading during the House proceedings today in Lafia.
He said that the bill, if finally passed into law would improve on the welfare of the people and enhance speedy development across the State.
” A Bill for a Law to Authorize the Issue Out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the State( Appropriation) on the sum of N148, 958, 122, 525.05) for the Services of Nasarawa State Government to Complement for the Period Commencing From 1st January, 2023 and Ending 31st December, 2023, passed second reading.
” I therefore commit the bill to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation to work on the bill and report back to the House on 19th December, 2022,” he said.
The Speaker commended members for their positive contributors on the bill and urged them to sustain the tempo.
Besides, He tasked all managements of ministries, departments and agencies MDAs to give their maximum cooperation to the various house standing communities while defending their budgets for the success of the entire exercise.
Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House while giving substance of the bill commended Gov. Sule for starting the 2023 budget with an opening balance of N3.82billion.
” His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule is having the desire to see that the State move forward and progress.
” He has the interest of the State at his heart as we can see that the budget for the education sector is the highest as no society will achieve meaningful progress without sound education,” he said.
The Majority Leader also said that the budget for pensioners by the Governor is commendable.
The Majority Leader, then moved a motion for the bill to scale second reading which was seconded by Hon Abel Bala, the Minority Leader of the House
On their parts, Hon Mohammed Okpoku, Hon Daniel Ogazi, Hon Danladi Jatau and Hon Tsentse Nehemiah Danduara, the Deputy Speaker of the House , all commended the Governor for presenting a focused budget.
They said that the budget presented by Gov. Sule has taking care of all areas/sectors of the economy.
They also said that the budget would boost the socio-economic activities and standard of living of the people of the State.
The House unanimously passed the 2023 budget into second reading.
It would be reported that on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, Gov. Abdullahi Sule, has presented N148.9 billion 2023 budget tagged ” Budget of Economic Transformation and Continuity” to the House for consideration and approval.
Recurrent Expenditure stands at N90,566,516,459.56 representing 60.80% of the total budget while Capital Expenditure stands at N58,391,606,065.49 representing 39.20% of the total budget.