Members of the Enugu State House of Assembly Tuesday passed the Enugu State 2016 Budget Appropriation of over N85bn into law after carrying out some amendment to the budget estimate.
The bill which had earlier passed the first and second reading was read a third time and passed.
The House passed the bill following a presentation of a report of the Committee on Finance and Appropriation headed by Hon Bismark Chuka Eneh after ministries had defended their budget estimates.
Before passing the bill into law, the committee amended some budgetary allocations, while some were added, some were reduced.
According to the House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Eneh, the committee recommended additional N110 mn to bring the House of Assembly budgetary allocation to N746.22mn.
The committee also recommended an addition of N110mn bring the budget of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to N2.9bn.
The committee however recommended a reduction of the budget estimate for the Enugu State Economic Planning by N378.85mn thereby bringing their budget to N472.15mn.
Hon. Eneh prayed his colleagues to painstakingly join hands, “with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to actualise the laudable goals of achieving the theme of this year’s budget of stability and consolidation of the state government.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Edward Uchenna Ubosi while thanking the members for their contributions during the committee of the whole 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, Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu as well as the Equal Opportunities presented by Hon. Dame Nkechi Omeje-Ogbu, chairman, house committee on Gender Affairs.