The Benue House of Assembly on Thursday passed the 2015 Appropriation Bill of N97.9 billion into law.

Mr Ianna Jato, the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, said during plenary in Makurdi that the proposed estimates were N98.6 billion.

Jato said that the recurrent expenditure was 59.20 per cent higher than the capital expenditure estimated in percentage terms at 40.20 per cent.

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According to him, the recurrent expenditure is N59 billion while capital expenditure amounts to N38.8.

He also said that the budget had a deficit of N7.76 billion.

Mr Terhile Ayua, the Speaker of the house, directed the state Ministry of Finance to release funds when due, to enable Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to complete their ongoing projects.

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Ayua also directed the MDAs involved in extra-budgetary expenditure to desist from such practices but resort to supplementary appropriation if needed.

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Dr Stephen Onmeje, Deputy Speaker, expressed concern that the budget was passed five months into the fiscal years, adding that it would make implementation difficult.

Onmeje advised the executive to always submit appropriation bills in time, to transcend into speedy passage.

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