The Enugu State House of Assembly has passed the 2016 Appropriation Bill, approving N85,179,449,000.00 as budget for the fiscal year.
The House approved the total recurrent expenditure of N49.73 billion, representing 51% while the capital expenditure approved is N41.44, representing 49%.
This passage of the bill followed the presentation of the report of the Finance and Appropriation Committee on the budget at the House sitting on Tuesday.
Presenting the report, the Chairman, Finance and Appropriation Committee of the House, Mr. Chuka Eneh, said the budget went through first and second readings before it was referred to the standing committees for defence.
In its report, the Committee on Finance and Appropriation recommended that some amounts be moved from some sectors to where there are needed more.
The committee recommended that an additional amount of N110,000,000 be added to the recurrent expenditure of the House of Assembly.
This amount was deducted from the recurrent expenditure of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
Amendments on the capital expenditure showed that Office of the Head of Service, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Mineral Resources received additional amounts totalling N378, 850, 000, which was deducted from the budget estimates of the Enugu State Economic Planning Commission.
Committee on Supply
Following the presentation of the Committee on Appropriation, the house dissolved itself into the Committee of Supply where it considered and approved the recommendations of the committee on Finance and Appropriation.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Edward Ubosi while thanking the members for their contributions said the house would embark on serious oversight function to see that the budget is implemented accordingly.
“We must back it with thorough oversight. Everybody should swing into action to ensure that the budget is implemented to the letter,” he said.
Meanwhile, before passing the law on the budget appropriation, four bills passed first reading on the floor of the House.
The bills are the Land Use Charge; Citizen’s Rights and Mediation Centre Amendment; Child Right’s Bill presented by the leader of the House, Mr Ikechukwu Ezeugwu as well as the Equal Opportunities presented by Mrs Nkechi Omeje-Ogbu, chairman, house committee on Gender Affairs.