Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has signed into law the state’s 2014 Appropriation Bill of N160 Billion as approved by the State House of Assembly.
Speaking shortly after assenting to the Bill, Comrade Oshiomhole said Government will do its best to implement the budget as quickly as possible.
He said: “under your leadership, Edo State Government has made progress in the area of infrastructure and the delivery of social services and providing good governance to the people. I have had several opportunities to remind the people of Edo State that but for the support of the House, the Executive would not have been able to carry out any project that we have been able to execute in all sectors of our economy.
“I understand from the documents I have seen and signed into law that the House in exercise of its power has added to the estimate in which the house believes is in line with the aspiration of their various constituencies. I do not find any contradiction in this.
Oshiomhole noted “that the House has exercised practical expression of the principle of separation of power which forms a foundation for our presidential system of government. I want to thank you and your colleagues for going through the budget estimate in the manner that you did which I believe are all intended to ensure that Edo Tax Payers gets value for their money.
“This year’s budget coming in January is timing. We will take advantage of the dry season to work hard to complete as much as possible those projects that requires the dry season for us to work. We will also ensure that other projects that are already on ground indicated in our budget estimate which you have kindly approved and sign into law, we will ensure that all this projects, whether they are Primary or Secondary, Tertiary Institution, Water Supply are executed.
“We want to assure you that we will do our best to translate this budget to reality by ensuring that we work in each of the three Senatorial District that constitute Edo State. I hope that the budget will enrich the quality of life of the people of the state if implemented not only to the letter but if we are also guided by the spirit”, he said.
Earlier, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uyi Igbe said that the budget was given speedy consideration in line with the constitution and to ensure good governance to the people of the state.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole had, on Dec 11, 2013, presented a budget estimate of N159.213 to the state House of Assembly for passage, however, the Assembly increased it to N160.061 billion which was passed and is made up of N84.47 billion capital and N75.587 billion recurrent.