From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has passed the 2024 Appropriation Bill of N199.9 into law as presented by Governor Abdullahi Sule.
The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Danladi Jatau announced the passage of the bill into law during the House proceedings on Wednesday in Lafia.
According to him, the passed budget, if assented to by Gov Sule would promote economic growth and development in the state.
He said” 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.
“The total sum of N117, 138, 350, 954.18 as Recurrent Expenditure while the sum of N82,741, 019, 755.25 as Capital Expenditure.
” The 2024 Appropriation bill is read for the third term and passed .
” I want to appreciate you for your efforts in ensuring speedy passage of the bill.
“This shows sign of unity and synergy with the executive and judicial arms of government as we will always work in synergy with the state government for the overall development of the state.”
The speaker then directed the Clerk of the House, Ibrahim Musa to produce a clean copy of the bill for Gov. Sule’s assent, while urging the state government to ensure full implementation of the budget, if assented to by the Governor.
Earlier, Majority Leader of the House,Hon Suleiman Azara moved a motion for the passage of the bill into law and was seconded by the Minority Leader of the House,Hon Luka Zhekaba.
The House therefore unanimously passed the 2024 budget into law.
In another development, a bill for a law to make provision for Right of Way in Nasarawa State and For Other Matters Connected Therewith passed first reading at the floor of the House.
Hon Suleiman Yakubu Azara, the Majority Leader of the House moved a motion for the bill to scale first reading which was seconded by Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, the Minority Leader of the House.
Also, the State Assembly screened and confirmed Hassan Zanwa as member Local Government Service Commission.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon Azara moved a motion for the screening and confirmation of the nominee which was seconded by Hon Zhekaba, even as Hon Solomon Akwashiki (SDP Lafia Central) and Hon Esson Mairiga (PDP Lafia North) both spoke in favour of the nominee who is from Lafia Local Government Area.
It would be recalled that on Dec 12, 2023, the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Jatau received the nomination of Mr Zanwa from Gov Sule for re-appointment as member of the Local Government Service Commission.
The House then proceeded on recess from Wednesday 20th to February 12th, 2024.