By Olatunde Odimayo
The Kogi State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed N174.8 billion as the State’s Appropriation Bill for 2017 and called on the executive to ensure its proper implementation.
The budget is over N75 billion higher than the 2016 proposals presented to it by the executive arm of government.
The passage followed the third and final readings of the bill after clause-by-clause consideration under the chairmanship of Speaker Umar Ahmed Imam at plenary session in Lokoja.
Estimated recurrent revenue was put at N81.6billion, while the expected capital receipts were put at N93.1billion.
The recurrent expenditure summary showed that salaries and allowances are expected at N32.7billion with overhead cost standing at N25.7 billion.
Mr John Abah (PDP-Ibaji), Chairman of Committee on Finance, Appropriation and Budget Monitoring presented the committee’s report on the appropriation bill.
John Abah recommended that the state government should ensure that enough funds were released to MDAs to execute capital projects, provide them with vehicles and necessary tools for their jobs.
He also recommended that training and retraining be done for civil servants as well as ensure that the promotion and cash backing of backlog of allowances owed civil servants be paid.
Speaker Ahmed Imam charged members to be alive to their oversight legislative functions in ensuring that the budget is strictly implemented.
Sanni Kekere Abdulkareem (PDP-Okehi ), Mathew Kolawole (Pdp Kabba Bunu) both said the passage of the bill would motivate Governor Yahaya Bello to deliver dividends of democracy to the people and urged legislators to properly monitor the budget.