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The Delta State Supplementary Appropriations Bill has passed the second reading at the State House of Assembly.
The bill which was sent to the House by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa through a letter proposing an upward review of the approved 2019 budget.
The passage of the bill at second reading during Wednesday’s plenary, presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, was sequel to a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Honourable Tim Owhefere and seconded by the member representing Ika South Constituency, Honourable Festus Okoh before being adopted.
Opening debate,Honourable Owhefere said the supplementary appropriations bill is predicated on the performance of the 2019 approved budget and increased revenue to the state .
The Majority Leader noted that the supplementary budget would enable government apply funds to areas of priority to enhance the execution of government policies and programmes in line with the stronger Delta mantra.
Honourable Owhefere who represents Isoko North Constituency in the House said the review of the 2019 approved budget would witness an increase from three hundred and ninety billion naira to four hundred and seventeen billion,nine hundred and twenty seven million naira.
He said the capital expenditure which was two hundred and thirty three billion naira in the 2019 approved budget now stands at two hundred and forty eight billion naira while the recurrent expenditure which was one hundred and fifty seven billion naira was now one hundred and sixty nine billion naira .
Others who spoke in support of the bill includes Honourables Anthony Elekeokwuri, Solomon Ighrakpata, Festus Okoh, Austin Chikezie, Austin Uroye, Emomotimi Guwor, Ferguson Onwo and Reuben Izeze .
They said the supplementary budget was constitutional and was basically to improve on infrastructural development in the state stressing that it was a show of sincerity and accountability on the part of the Okowa administration.
The lawmakers noted that it would further reinforce the commitment of government to all sectors of the state’s economy .
The motion for the second reading of the bill was unanimously adopted when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Rt Hon Oborevwori.
The Speaker thereafter committed the bill to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriations for further legislative input and is expected to submit it’s report on Thursday October 24,2019.
Also at plenary, the Delta State Customary Court Amendment Bill and the Governor and Deputy Governor Pension Rights and Other Benefits Amendment Bill to make room for the Acting Governor passed the first reading.