ALL CORRECT SIR! A’ Ibom Assembly Passes Gov. Udom’s N114.5billion Supplementary Budget Without a Single Alteration.

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A bill for a law to make supplementary provision for the service of Akwa Ibom State
government for the year ending on 31st December, 2017 has been passed into law
by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

The bill which has an outlay of N114.5 billion, was passed on Thursday by the
lawmakers following the consideration of the report of the House Committee on
Appropriation and Finance. It is made up of a capital expenditure size of N111.5
billion, while recurrent expenditure is N3 billion.

The Supplementary appropriation as
passed by the House, raises the total revised budget size to N485,792 billion, made
up of N91.424 billion for recurrent services and N313.498 billion for capital
expenditure.

It would be recalled that Governor Udom Emmanuel had forwarded a
Supplementary appropriation estimate of N114 billion to the assembly for
consideration and passage. Following the recommendation of the Finance and
Appropriation Committee and adoption by the House on a motion moved by Hon. Mark Esset and seconded by Hon. Felicia Bassey, the deputy speaker, the House examined the revenue in which the proposed supplementary
appropriation is to be funded and found that the total revised recurrent revenue
projection of N313.498 billion from the original provision of N201.997 billion is
realisable having made actual collection of N129.930 billion as of June, 2017. The lawmakers noted that the bulk of the increase is expected to come from the
enhanced revenues received by the state government from grants, derivation and
refunds from excess Paris Club loan deduction.

The capital expenditure outlay as approved is to sustain the current pace of
infrastructural development, industrialization, and human capacity development
across the state. Some prioritized projects and programmes that were not covered
by the initial Provisions have been captured in the Supplementary provision.

Also at plenary, the House ratified the appointment of Mr. Aniedi Abasi Ikoiwak as
Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission. Six other
nominees whose names were forwarded to the House were also cleared by the House for appointment as
members of the state electoral body. Their confirmation was sequel to the
submission of a report by the House Committee on Justice, Judiciary, Human rights
and Public petitions headed by Hon. Aniefiok Dennis.

Reacting, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke, thanked Chairmen and members
of the the House Committee on Appropriation and Finance, and that of Judiciary,
Human rights and Public petitions, as well as entire members of the House for their
painstaking effort which led to the successful passage of the Supplementary budget
and the screening and confirmation of the nominees for AKISIEC job. He said the
House was going to give support to the electoral body to deliver on its November 11
mandate.

He announced that the House was proceeding on a working recess commencing
from Thursday 27th July, 2017, as lawmakers would be resuming for plenary on 12th
September.

Barr. Luke thanked his colleagues for the support they have accorded him in the
past two years, and assured Akwa Ibom people of the commitment of the House to
a more people oriented legislative engagement during the third legislative year and
which is expected to commence in September. He applauded the bond of unity
existing amongst the 26 members of the House devoid of rancor.

“We have proven critics and sonics wrong. They have thought that by now we
should have been fighting. It is not by might, and I return glory to God who used you
as vessels to make me first among equal. It is my hope that when we resume for
the third legislative year as we come back from recess, we will do more for Akwa
Ibom people”.

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