OGHA Passes N350.74bn 2022 Appropriation Bill - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, December 29, 2021

OGHA Passes N350.74bn 2022 Appropriation Bill

The Daily Crucible | Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Ogun State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the N350,735,149,739.57 2022 Appropriation bill presented to it on November 30 by governor Dapo Abiodun.

The passage of the B ill came with adjustments in some recurrent and capital estimates of about 182 agencies without affecting the total budget figure, and this increases the chances that the budget will be signed into law by the executive this year.

The Daily Crucible reported earlier that baring any delay from the - 26 - member  Ogun State House of Assembly,  governor Abiodun, would sign the 2022 budget into law before the end of 2021.

A source within the state government had hinted to our reporter that the governor had been waiting anxiously for the 2022 budget to be passed by the OGHA, so that he could sign it into law before 2021 runs out.

The source also did explain that the governor had planned to sign the budget within the year so that its operations could commence seamlessly on January 1, 2022.

The source further hinted that the governor's signing of the budget may coincide with that of President Muhammadu Buhari, who also wants the budget of the country to be in effect on January 1.

Everything points to meeting Abiodun's projection with the passage of the Bill by the state lawmakers.

Its passage was consequent upon the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation by its Chairman, Hon. Olakunle Sobunkanla, who thereafter moved the motion for its adoption, seconded by his Vice, Ganiyu Oyedeji and supported by the whole House through a unanimous voice vote. 

The appropriation bill was later read and adopted clause-by-clause by the Committee of the House presided by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo at a the plenary held at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Assembly in the course of legislative process on the appropriation bill, carried out slight adjustments in the recurrent expenditures of about 144 agencies, just as the capital expenditures of 38 other agencies were equally adjusted. 

The adjustments led to reduction in the total recurrent expenditure from the initial N172.997bn to N153.180bn resulting in N19.816bn decrease, while capital expenditure was increased from N177.737bn to N197.554bn giving an increment of N19.816bn   

The motion for the third reading of the bill was moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff, seconded by Hon. Oludaisi Elemide and supported by the Whole House, while the Clerk/ Head of Legislative Service, Mr. 'Deji Adeyemo did the third reading of the bill before the members.

Responding, Speaker Oluomo directed that the clean copy of the bill be transmitted to Governor Abiodun for his assent, while seizing the occasion to commend his colleague-lawmakers, management and staff of the Assembly for their unrelenting efforts towards promoting good governance through the passage of people-oriented legislations.

In another development, a bill titled HB. No. 077/ OG/2021- Ogun State Board of Internal Revenue Law, 2021 has scaled first and second readings on the floor of the State House of Assembly with an assurance from members that when operational, it would aid  efficiency, promote accountability and transparency as well as boost revenue generation in the State.

The bill seeks for “a law to provide for the Establishment of the Ogun State Board of Internal Revenue, Service and Administration; and collection of revenue due to the Government of the State and for matters related”, according the lawmakers who spoke during the debate on the second reading of the bill, noting that that it was high time the State Revenue Board became autonomous to further strengthen its operations.

The Assemblymen spoke in unison after the motion for the second reading was moved by Majority Leader, Sheriff Yusuf, seconded by Isaac Adams and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote at a plenary presided over by the Speaker Oluomo.

In their submissions, Olakunle Sobukanla, Isaac Adams, Abdul Bashir Oladunjoye, Ganiyu Oyedeji and Kemi Oduwole said the bill, would promote accountability and transparency, improve fund generation, encourage high productivity on the part of staffers, as well as bring in more development opportunities to the State through increased revenue generation .

Responding, the Speaker thanked his colleagues for their robust  contributions, as therefore charged the bill to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for further legislative actions.

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