The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi has described the presentation of the 2018 Appropriation Bill to the State lawmakers by Governor Ibikunle Amosun as another milestone in the annals of the State.
Adekunbi made this remark shortly before the Governor presented the “Budget of Accelerated Development’’ totalling N345.42 billion, adding that it is in accordance with Section 121 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Adekunbi who seized the occasion to reel out the achievements of the Assembly in the current year to include the timely passage of nine all-inclusive Bills and eight resolutions, pointed out that the monumental transformation of the State from a mere civil service to an industrial destination of choice was apparent for all to admire.
He listed the bills to include: A bill for a law to provide for the establishment of the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta, and that of the Ogun State Polytechnic at Ipokia, while it also passed the bill on the Ogun State Community and Social Orientation (So Safe Law). Others are People with Disability Law of Ogun State, and Violence against Persons (Prohibition) law of Ogun State among others.
The Speaker stressed that the contributions of the Assembly were fundamental to the lofty strides recorded since the inception of the administration through its dogged performance of its constitutional roles of law making, oversight, quasi judicial functions and representation, which according to him were made possible by the peace and tranquillity enjoyed by the 8th Assembly despite the heterogeneous nature of political party representation of members.
Speaking later after the presentation, Adekunbi reassured that members of the 8th Legislature in partnership with other arms of government would re-dedicate themselves to further actualize the State's collective goals as articulated in the 2018 budget estimate.
The Speaker also reiterated his colleague lawmakers’ support to the passage of bills and resolutions that would further facilitate the provision of policies and legal framework required by the government to enhance the provision of more infrastructural facilities necessary for improved quality of life for all residents of the State.
A breakdown of the budget presentation by the Governor indicated that the sum of N223.721 billion would be expended on capital projects, while the balance of N121.698bn was earmarked for recurrent expenditure.