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Enugu Assembly Passes Amended 2015 Appropriation Bill

Amah Baldwin

The Enugu State House of Assembly, Tuesday, passed into law the amended, revised appropriation bill of N9,878,419,200.00 (Nine billion eight hundred and seventy eight million, four hundred and nineteen thousand two hundred naira, presented by the state government.

The bill tagged “Enugu State of Nigeria Amendment (revised) Appropriation Bill, 2015″ as moved by the leader of the House, Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, is to make way for internal re-allocation of resources in the existing budget of over N96.735 billion as passed by the previous Assembly to enable the government embark on important development projects in the state.

It was gathered that the need arose for the amendment because the Ugwuanyi led administration came up with eight new projects that would have serious impact on the welfare of the people of Enugu. According to the amended budget, allocations were adjusted to accommodate eight new projects that were hitherto not included earlier.

The new projects are the construction of 2km Nike Road; construction of 3.6km Nike Lake Road; 5km Airport Roundabout/Orie Emene/Eke Obinagu Road; 2km Okutu/ Odoru Road; 1.5km 9th Mile/ Nsukka Road and 9th Mile/ Onitsha Road Bypass; 10.8km Opi/Nsukka Road; Installation of Streetlights along OpiNsukka Road and construction/ rehabilitation of Nsukka Urban Roads.

Moving the motion for the adoption of the Bill, leader of the House, Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, said because of the importance of the bill, the House Standing Order that requires the Bill to be deferred for debate for another day would not be followed and thus it passed the first, second and third reading.

Ezeugwu, while contributing to the debate, urged his colleagues to support the Bill, adding that Gov. Ugwuanyi had an expanded stakeholders meeting where he intimated them of the need to make changes to the budget to reflect the present reality of the changing times.

Contributing to the debate on the Bill, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Donatus Uzogbado, said the bill was timely and appropriate because of the importance of embarking on the construction of the roads for even development in the state. Uzogbado opined that when the 9th Mile Bypass is completed, it would end chaotic traffic witnessed at 9th Mile, Ngwo.

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