James Sowole in Akure
Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN on Tuesday signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N181.4 billion and two other bills passed by the State House of Assembly into law.
The two other bills signed into law by the governor at the Cocoa Conference Hall, Governors Office, Alagbaka, Akure, were the Health Insurance Scheme Bill and The Social Protection Bill.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Right Honourable David Oloyelogun while presenting the bills for governorâ€™s assent, extolled the doggedness and determination of the governor in pursuance of efficient and good governance for the people.
Akeredolu lamented over the high percentage of the budget that would be going for recurrent expenditure.
According to the document, 43 per cent of the budget would be for recurrent expenditure.
The governor, who said though the 43 per cent was the highest in the recent time, promised that the matter would be addressed
â€œWeâ€™re determined to block loopholes in our venue by having a new â€“ totally new board.
â€œWe will continue to educate our people on the significance of paying tax. We plan to expand our tax base â€œ, he said.
The governor said incentives would be given to officials of Board of Internal Revenue to enhance their efficiency.
Akeredolu said the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme Bill, would ensure that every resident of Ondo State has access to good health care services.
â€œThe law will ensure that all residents of Ondo State have financial protection, physical access to quality and affordable health care services
â€œ It will also Protect families from the financial hardship posed by huge medical bills, Regulate the rise in the cost of health care services
â€œIt will ensure that the poor and vulnerable shall be guaranteed the basic minimum package as defined under the National Health Act. â€œ
On the Social Protection Law, the governor said the essence of governance is the protection of welfare of citizenry.
He said any government that cannot protect the citizens particularly, the vulnerable is a failure. END.