Delta State Assembly Gifts Okowa N71bn Supplementary Budget

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By Reporter 

With 13 days left in office, the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa’s 71bn Supplimentary Budget request has been approved by the State House of Assembly.

The House on Wednesday approved the budget presented to it by outgoing Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, with 13 days to the end of his tenure in office.

In his letter to the Assembly, Okowa said, “May I wish to note that there has been actual and projected increase in some fiscal receipts.

“Consequently, the supplementary budget has become necessary for appropriation to pay for some critical projects and activities of government as well as fund ongoing projects across the state in year 2023.

“In the light of the foregoing, it would be greatly appreciated if the draft 2023 Supplementary Appropriation Bill is placed before the House at it earliest convenience for consideration and passing into law.”

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Christopher Ochor, who presided over the plenary, said the budget was made up of N5.6bn for recurrent expenditure and N65.5bn for capital expenditure.

The Majority Leader, Ferguson Onwo, moved a motion for the first reading of the budget which was unanimously adopted when put to a voice vote by the Deputy Speaker.

The supplementary Appropriation Bill was read the second time on Wednesday and was passed into law by the House just 13 days before the end of Okowa’s administration.

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