The State House of Assembly has received the breakdown of the 2023 draft estimates of the state as presented to her by the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Aham, Uko.
Speaking, the presiding officer and Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Ifeanyi Uchendu said the House will not relent in doing its job towards ensuring that Abians get the best of services.
Chief Uchendu noted that the present leadership of the 7th Abia House under the Speaker Chief Chinedum Orji has remained consistent in their support to the executive to ensure that they deliver on their promises to the people and reiterated that they will give accelerated hearing to the budget and ensure its passage.
Presenting the budget breakdown to the House, the Commissioner for Finance Dr Aham Uko said the 2023 total projected budget outlay tagged ” Valedictory, Economic Expansion And Stability Budget” which is one hundred and fifty seven billion, five hundred and seventeen million, five hundred and four thousand and three hundred naira (N157, 517, 504,300) only shows an increase of six point five nine percent from that of 2022 budget.
Dr Uko said the capital expenditure is eighty two billion, four hundred and seventy two million, seven hundred and thirty nine thousand, nine hundred Naira with a three point three eight percentage increase to that of last year while recurrent expenditure is seventy five billion, forty four million, seven hundred and sixty four thousand, four hundred Naira with eleven point seventeen percentage increase compared to that of last year.
He noted that the budget is designed to focus on the successful completion of on-going projects and effective implementation of programmes and projects with direct bearing on the people as well as guarantee the smooth and effective take off of incoming administration among others.
The House also received and adopted the reports of its committee on Health and Women Affairs on H.A.B.59:
A Bill for a law to Establish the Abia State Colleges of Nursing Sciences and Other Matters connected therewith as well as the report of the Joint Committee of Education, Appropriation and Public Accounts, Anti Corruption and Due Process on H.A.B 46: A Bill for a law to establish the Abia State Education for Employment, E4E, Agency and for other matters connected therewith.
Our Assembly Correspondent Victor Ndukwe reports that the House adjourned plenary to reconvene on Tuesday next week by ten 0’clock in the morning.