The Governor of Kwara State, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has signed the 2013 Appropriation Bill of N96.4b into law with a pledge that it will be implemented to the letter and ensure speedy service delivery.
Governor Ahmed described the quick passage of the Appropriation Bill by the State legislature and his signing in to law as major strides towards service delivery to the people of Kwara State.
He added that his administration would continue to review the implementation of the budget to determine when and if there would be the need for a supplementary budget.
Speaking about the budget which was increased from N94.4bn to N96.4billion, the Speaker, Rasak Atunwa explained that the projected budgetary figure was increased because the Legislature was confident that the current drive in Internally Generated Revenue and other sources of revenue will generate the extra amount needed to run the budget.
He recalled that the State Legislature carried out oversight functions on 2012 projects, particularly the five general hospitals being rehabilitated, construction of Patigi to Kpada road, renovation of numerous classrooms in various schools and the construction of a new main water works in Share among others and commended the state government for its aggressive infrastructural development.
He also added that the bulk of the extra expenditure was placed on capital projects with the potentials of delivering further dividends to the people of the State.
The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Representative Femi Gbajabiamila has stated that lawmakers have the right to include their constituency projects in the nation’s annual budget.
According to the lawmaker, unelected Special Advisers to the President include projects they wanted funded in the budget and lawmakers who are elected by their constituencies’ and know what the constituency needs, have every right to include such projects in the budget.
Mr Gbajabiamila made the argument on Channels Television Business Morning programme where he was discussing on the lingering controversy between the executive and the legislature over the implementation of the 2013 Budget.
President Goodluck Jonathan has failed to sign the 2013 Appropriation Bill into law and sent it back to the National Assembly over some grey issues such as the inclusion of constituency projects by the National Assembly.
The President is reported to have queried the ‘padding of the budget’ by the additional N63billion added to the budget and the increase of the oil benchmark from $75 to $79.
Mr Gbajabiamila further defended the increase in the oil bench mark saying “what are we saving for when the nation has massive need for infrastructural development.”