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Gov Ortom signs 2022 supplementary budget

By Sunday Iduh

Governor Samuel Ortom has given assent to the 2022 supplementary budget, following its passage by the Benue State House Assembly, bringing the total budget for 2022 fiscal year to N175,903,441,384.

According to the breakdown of the 2022 appropriation law,  N100,891,610, 446 is for recurrent expenditure while the sum of N75,011,830,938 takes care of capital expenditure.

Meanwhile, Governor Ortom has unveiled the Benue State Statistics Systems and state Bureau of Statistics Law which he earlier assented to. The law made provisions for collection, compilation, analysis, storage and dissemination of statistical data information and other related matters.

The governor, in a remark during a brief ceremony at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi stated that the cordial working relationship between the three tiers of government in the state has ensured the implementation of policies and programmes.

Governor Ortom said: “The executive and legislative arms of government have over the years worked closely and executed the mandate for the people

“I have worked with this Assembly and they have due respect for the executive just as we do for the Assembly.

“Right from the inception of this administration, I have always maintained that I will never do anything to undermine the integrity of the three arms of government.

“We appreciate the separation of powers and at all times, we will do the needful to ensure seamless understanding and execution of government policies and programmes and this is one of them.”

Governor Ortom disclosed that the House of Assembly had advised that it will always be better if a supplementary budget was presented before the budget presentation for that fiscal year.

“In the past two years, this is what we have done. We took that advice and we have succeeded in doing this. We did that last year and we have it today. We presented our supplementary budget before the budget for 2023 and today, speedily the State House of Assembly has succeeded in passing this supplementary budget,” he stated.

The Deputy Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Christopher Adaji in his brief remark said the Assembly had passed the 2022  supplementary budget to enable the state government fulfill its obligations to the people.

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