Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed into law the amended, revised appropriation bill of N9,878,419,200.00 (nine billion eight hundred and seventy eight million, four hundred and nineteen thousand two hundred naira, presented to them by the state government.
The bill tagged, “Enugu State of Nigeria Amendment (revised) Appropriation Bill, 2015” as moved by the Leader of the House, Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, was to make way for internal re-allocation of resources in the existing budget of over N96.735 billion as passed by the previous administration to enable the government embark on important development projects in the state.
It was gathered that the need arose for the amendment because the Governor Ugwuanyi-led administration came up with eight new projects that would have serious impact on the welfare of the people of Enugu.
According to the amended budget, allocations were adjusted to accommodate eight new projects that were hitherto not included.
The new projects are: the construction of 2km Nike Road; construction of 3.6km Nike Lake Road; 5km Airport Roundabout/Orie Emene/Eke Obinagu Road; 2km Okutu/Odoru Road; 1.5km 9th Mile/Nsukka Road and 9th Mile/Onitsha Road Bypass; 10.8km Opi/Nsukka Road; Installation of Streetlights along Opi-Nsukka Road and construction/Rehabilitation of Nsukka Urban Roads.
Moving the motion for the adoption of the Bill, Leader of the House, Hon. Ezeugwu said, because of its importance, the House gave accelerated passage of its first, second and third reading.
Ezeugwu, while contributing to the debate, urged his colleagues to support the bill, adding that Governor Ugwuanyi had had an expanded stakeholders meeting where he intimated that there was need to make changes to the budget to reflect the present reality of the changing times.
Contributing to the debate on the bill, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Dons Uzogbado said the bill was timely and appropriate because the importance of embarking on construction of the roads for even development in the state.
Uzogbado opined that when the 9th Mile bypass is completed, it would address the chaotic traffic witnessed at 9th Mile and Ngwo.
Stressing the need for the amendment to the budget, Hon. John Kevin Ukuta, representing Uzo-Uwani Constituency said because of the importance attached to the Bill, it should the renamed “Budget of Immediate Intervention,” as against the ‘budget of transition’ earlier adopted.
In his own contribution to the debate, Hon. S.K.E Udeokoye, representing Awgu North said the bill was not a contentious one because of its importance and suggested that it be put to vote.
“Since this bill is not contentious, may I move that the bill be put to question,” Ude-Okoye submitted.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Edward Ubosi thanked members for their contributions and said that the government was now empowered to go on with the development projects.


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