From Odeh Ogaji, Jalingo
Taraba State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the 2023 budget appropriation into law.
The budget which witnessed increment of N500,000,000 according to the Speaker, Prof. Joseph Albasu Kunini, the increment was to ensure balance allocation across ministries for effective governance.
Kunini explained that the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (TSEIC), was not captured in the 2023 budget presented by Governor Darius Ishaku, due to human error and it was necessary for the state to conduct her local government elections in 2023. He stated that in accordance with the provision of the law, the Assembly saw it wise to jack up the budget and allocate N500,000,000 to the commission to enable it conduct the exercise.
The Voice reports that Governor Ishaku had on Tuesday November 29, presented the 2023 budget estimate of N172,734,537,459, which according to him, was prepared at a critical period, due to political transition and economic consideration of the devastating effect of flood, treats of banditry and other challenges.
The governor said the budget’s significance was to consolidate on the achievements of his administration so far, and provide a robust take-off of the incoming administration.