By Igbawase Ukumba
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly yesterday passed the state 2021 Appropriation Bill of N115.7 billion into law.
The Assembly, however, raised the 2021 budget by N2.8 billion from the initial N112.9 billion earlier presented to it for consideration by the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule.
Speaker of the Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, announced the passage of the bill into law during its proceedings in Lafia, the state capital.
He appreciated the Assembly members for supporting and giving their much needed cooperation to allow the bill passed to the third reading.
The Speaker said: “It is very salient for the Assembly to review some allocations due to their importance. For example, under the Nasarawa State University, the introduction of Engineering and Medical Schools caused the increase of their allocation.”
Consequently, the Speaker announced that N53, 464,156, 917 has been approved by the Assembly as recurrent expenditure, and N55, 240,925,695 as capital expenditure.
He stated further that the sum of N7,017,732,031 has been approved as Consolidated Revenue Funds charges.
Abdullahi directed the clerk of the Assembly to produce a clean copy of the bill for the governor’s assent.
On November 17, 2020, the governor had presented the state 2021 budget proposal of N112. 92 billion to the state Assembly for approval.