From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has passed into second reading 2024 budget of N199.9 billion recently presented by Gov Abdullahi Sule to the House for consideration and approval.
The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Danladi Jatau announced this on Wednesday during the House proceedings in Lafia, the state capital.
According to him, the budget if approved and signed into law, would quickly improve and raise the state’s citizens’ standard of living.
“A Bill for a Law to Authorize the Issue Out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the State (Appropriation) of the Sum of N199, 879, 370,709.43 only for the Services of Nasarawa State Government for the period of 12 months commencing from 1st January 2024 and Ending 31st December, 2024 scale second reading.
” I, therefore , commit the bill to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation to work on the bill and report back to the House on the 18th December, 2023,” he said.
He appreciated members for their positive contributions on the budget while calling for its sustenance.
The Speaker assured of effective synergy with Gov. Sule for the overall development of the State.
He directed the House standing committees to start inviting management of MDAs for their budget defence.
Speaker Jatau also urged the management of MDAs to give their maximum support to the House committees while defending their budgets.
Earlier, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon Suleiman Azara, while giving the substance of the bill said that the budget was tailoring towards achieving economic growth and development in the State.
The Minority Leader appreciated the Governor for presenting the budget, saying that it was apt in improving on the standard of living of the people of the State.
Azara said that the budget would also cushion the effects of socio- economic problems in the State.
He, therefore, moved a motion for the bill to scale second reading which was seconded by , the Minority Leader of the House,Hon Luka Zhekaba
On their contributions, Hon Muhammad Oyanki, the deputy Speaker, Hon Hajara Danyaro , Hon Larry Ven- Bawa, Hon Solomon Akwashiki, Hon Onarigu Kana, Hon Peter Akwe, Hon Isimbabi Mohammed, Hon Esson Mairiga, Hon Jonah Dizaho, Hon Hudu Hudu and Hon Ajegena Kudu who all commended Gov Sule for presenting 2024 budget that would improve on the standard of living of the people of the State.
According to them, the budget will raise the standard of life for the populace and support the economy’s sectors of health and education, among others.
The Voice had earlier reported that Gov Sule presented N199.9 budget on December 1st, 2023 to the House for consideration and approval.