The Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, has signed the 2013 Appropriation Bill of N96.4 billion into law with a pledge that it will be implemented to the letter and ensure speedy service delivery.
This was just as the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly commended the state government for its full implementation of the 2012 budget.
Ahmed described the quick passage of the Appropriation Bill by the state legislature and his signing it into law as major strides towards service delivery to the people of Kwara State.
“I want to make it clear that everything that has been captured in the appropriation law would be followed to the letter,” he assured the legislature.
The governor emphasized that his administration would continue to review the implementation of the budget to determine when and if there would be the need for a supplementary budget.
Ahmed commended the state Legislature for its oversight functions, which he said serves as impetus to the executive on service delivery.
Speaking earlier, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rasak Atunwa, explained that the projected budgetary figure was increased from N94.4 billion to N96.4 billion because the legislature was confident that the current drive in Internally Generated Revenue and other sources of revenue will generate the extra amount needed to run the budget.
Atunwa recalled that the state legislature carried out oversight functions on the 2012 projects, particularly the five general hospitals being rehabilitated, the construction of Patigi to Kpada road, renovation of numerous classrooms in various schools and the construction of a new main water works in Share among others.
He commended the state government for its aggressive infrastructural development.
He added that the bulk of the extra expenditure was placed on capital projects, with the potentials of delivering further dividends to the people of the state.