AKHA CONSIDERS 2021 BUDGET AS IT PASSES SECOND READING
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has considered the 2021 budgetary provision of the State as its passes second reading and committed to the House Committee on Appropriation and Finance to report to the House within a month.
While deliberating on the bill during its plenary today, the House adjudged the bill as a viable one with much attention given to capital and economic sectors of the State.
According to the Leader, Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian, who gave an overview of the budget, said, about 61% of the budget is channeled to economic sector. He added that the title which is ‘Budget of Economic Reconstruction,’ gives direction to consolidate on government policies and programs.
The budget has more funds allocated to capital projects and there is hope that infrastructure in the state will be improved as ongoing projects will be completed.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Felicia Bassey expressed hope that the bill with its reconstruction tool will pay attention to Health, Aviation and Agricultural sectors of the state.
Also, the Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko appreciated the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for choosing to give more attention to the education sector of the state compared to past allocations.
He urged the Committee on Appropriation when considering the budget at the Committee level should pay attention to education and ensure justice is done to that sector.
The Etinan representative, Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Denis who is one of the members of the Committee on Appropriation and Finance said more details and attention will be given to the budget at the Committee level.
While, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh who heads the Appropriation Committee solicited for cooperation of members of the Seventh Assembly for quick passage of the bill.
Presiding over the emergency plenary, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey committed the bill to its relevant committee on Appropriation and Finance to report to the House within a month.
Meanwhile, the House continues its recess to reconvene on December 3, 2020 by 10am prompt.