Ogun Assembly Passes N338.6bn 2021 Appropriation Bill - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Ogun Assembly Passes N338.6bn 2021 Appropriation Bill

Barely a month after the presentation by Governor Dapo Abiodun for the consideration by the legislative arm, the state House of Assembly has passed the 2021 Appropriation Bill of N338,610,943,021.86 with slight adjustments in the recurrent and capital expenditures estimates as well as revenue projection.

The adjustments  touched on about 74 agencies, including the capital receipt.

The unanimous passage of the Bill followed the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation by the chairman, Kunle Sobunkanla.

Sobunkanla later moved the motion for its adoption, it was seconded by the Minority Leader, Ganiyu Oyedeji and supported by the whole House through a voice vote while the bill was thereafter read and adopted clause-by-clause before the members by the Speaker  Olakunle Oluomo
during plenary at the Assembly Complex, Abeokuta.

The bill was passed with adjustments in the recurrent expenditures of 29 agencies, just as the capital expenditures of 27 other agencies were equally affected, while the revenue targets of 18 Ministries/Agencies were modified; with internal loan reduced from N98.33bn to N95.7bn resulting in N2.62bn reduction. 

The adjustment also affected the total recurrent estimate which moved from N141.7bn to N146.5bn giving over N4.779bn difference, while capital expenditure was reduced from N176.677bn to N171.898bn, giving a total reduction of over N4.779bn. 

On revenue side, the new revenue projection now put at N121.808bn as against the initial N119.180bn, giving a difference of over N2.626bn, just as capital receipt was also slashed from the initial N142.154bn to N139.527bn resulting in N2.626bn decrease.  

Consequently, the new figure contained in the appropriation bill earmarked N146.529bn for recurrent, N20.182bn for Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges (CRFC) while N171.898bn was allocated for capital expenditure in the next financial year.

The motion for the third reading of the bill was later moved by Majority Leader, Hon. Yusuf Sheriff, seconded by Hon. Oyedeji and supported by the whole House, while the Clerk/ Head of Legislative Services, Mr. Deji Adeyemo did the third reading of the bill before the members.

The new title of the bill now reads: H.B. 59/OG/2020- Year 2021 Appropriation Bill- “A Bill for a Law for the Appropriation of the sum of One Hundred and Forty-One Billion, Seven Hundred and Fifty Million, Four Hundred and Thirteen Thousand and Forty-One Naira, Sixty-Seven Kobo Only for Recurrent Expenditure, Twenty Billion, One Hundred and Eighty-Two Million, Nine Hundred and Ten Thousand, Five Hundred and Ninety-Three Naira, Four Kobo Only for Servicing of Pensions and Gratuities and One Hundred and Seventy-Six Billion, Six Hundred and Seventy-Seven Million, Six Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty-Seven Naira, Fifteen Kobo Only for Capital Expenditure for Services of Ogun State Government of Nigeria, for the Financial year ending thirty – first day of December, Two Thousand and Twenty-One”.

Responding,  Oluomo directed that the clean copy of the bill be sent to the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

He lauded his colleagues, management and staff of the Assembly for their unrelenting efforts towards promoting good governance via the passage of people-oriented legislations.

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