Ebonyi State governor, Mr. David Umahi has called for stronger collaboration between the executive and legislature in the state for perfect implementation of the 2016 budget of the state.
Umahi said that his administration would focus on agriculture and internally generated revenue to make the state buoyant and self-sustaining.
The governor, who spoke while signing into law the 2016 appropriation bill of N101.1billion in Abakiliki, lauded the state House of Assembly for the timely passage of the bill.
He explained that the budget was predicated on his administration’s deep desire to assist Ebonyi indigenes hawking on the streets of major cities in the country.
Umahi added that his administration was determined to help them engage in more dignified ventures.
He also disclosed that his administration would in 2016 assist indigent widows, pursue its urban renewal drive, ensure efficient health care services, boost agriculture and address the plight of Ebonyi people.
According to him, “The chunk of the budget or 20 per cent of it is expected to come from agriculture, N20 billion; we also expect about sixty something billion to come from IGR. We expect to borrow about N17 billion from the capital market and financial houses.
“Unfortunately, from the time we proposed this budget to today, the expected inflow from federation account, which stands about N36 billion, at N3 billion per month has gone down by about 33 per cent,”
Earlier, the speaker of the House, Hon. Francis Nwifuru explained that the budget went through normal process before passage.
Recall that the 2016 budget proposal was submitted to the Assembly on December 10 by Governor Umahi.

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