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Published On: Wed, Sep 24th, 2014

Kaduna Lawmakers reject N3.4bn supplementary budget

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kaduna_state_house_of_assemblyFrom Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Kaduna State House of Assembly yesterday rejected the state Government Supplementary budget of over N3.4billion Naira.

The Minority Leader of the House, Alhaji Muhammad Ali who disclosed this to newsmen shortly after the presentation by the Appropriation and Implementation committee report on the supplementary budget in the state said some issues needed to be revisited by the House before its passage.

Ali said they were not in support of the passage of the supplementary budget because they don’t want to be part of any decision that does not come into account with the collective wishes of the masses that they are representing.

According to him, “some issues needed to be revisited by the House before its passage.

“The security sector was allocated N600 million and also the issue of SURE-P and purchase of Ebola equipment was N200 million.

“The issue of security needs to be revisited for very obvious reason and the SUPE-P, as well which is intended to assist the poor in the society in order to better their life.

“The amount allotted to procurement of Ebola equipment was too high, compared to other sectors that needed much attention.

“With all honesty we don’t have Ebola in Kaduna State and there is nothing wrong in taking preventive measures but what we are saying is that the amount allocated for the equipment is on the high side,” he said.

Earlier, Chairman House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Joshua Barde while presenting the report of the committee observed that the revenue expected from the 2014 Petroleum Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) has not been captured in the 2014 approved budget of the Government of Kaduna state.

He said the expected revenue of the sum of N3,426,408,571.44 when approved by the House would allow the State Government to utilize the funds and also recommended that the House do resolve and approve for the utilization of the sum of N3,426,408,571.44m being the expected revenue from the 2014 SURE-P funds.

However, the speaker Alhaji Shehu Tahir adopted the report and scheduled Thursday for its 3rd reading on the floor of the House and subsequent passage.

 

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