Nasarawa Assembly increases 2019 budget by N3.5bn


The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the 2019 Appropriation Bill of N90.17bn, the  News Agency of Nigeria reports.



According to NAN, the House raised the budget by N3.5bn to provide for youth empowerment.



The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, announced this after the Majority Leader of the House, Alhaji Tanko Tunga, moved a motion for the passage of the budget proposal in Lafia.



The speaker  said   the House increased the  budget due to the omission of the Nasarawa Youth Empowerment Scheme  allocation, among other provisions.



The legislature recommended that  new projects should be completed for the benefit of the people of the state.



The Speaker said, “The House approved and passed a total budget of N90,170,246,463.52bn to be  released  from the consolidated Revenue Fund  in which N51.029,581,277.52bn, which represents 57 per cent,  goes for Recurrent Expenditure.”



Abdullahi urged  the executive  to  implement the budget provisions.



The House unanimously passed the bill.



NAN recalls that on December 28, 2018 Governor Tanko Al-Makura  presented a  budget proposal of N86.64bn to the  Assembly for consideration and approval.



Al-Makura, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Ayuba Ayenaje, tagged the 2019 budget as “Budget of Transition.’
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