On Thursday, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State signed the N186,635,135,582.00 (One Hundred and Eighty Six Billion, Six Hundred and Thirty Five Million, One Hundred and Thirty Five Thousand, Five Hundred and Eighty Two Naira) 2022 appropriation bill passed by the State House of Assembly on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, revealed that the budget proposal was not contentious when presenting it to Gov. Ugwuanyi for assent, stressing that “it was a very wonderful budget of international standard.”
He noted that the budget’s Recurrent Expenditure of 38 percent and Capital Expenditure of 62 percent met international norms.
All Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) were invited to appear before the various committees to defend their budget estimates, according to Hon. Ubosi, and they all did so.
Critical areas such as education, health, agriculture, works and infrastructure, and water resources, according to the Speaker, have received substantial funding to ensure that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s government continues to improve the state’s people’s living standards.
“Looking at the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure which is about N36 billion, it shows that you (Ugwuanyi) are prepared to fulfill the campaign promises you made to the people of Enugu State.
“Your Excellency, the budget was well packaged and we must commend you and members of your executive for that wonderful budget”, he said.
Gov. Ugwuanyi extended his gratitude to members of the State House of Assembly for their commitment and dedication to legislative duties as well as the development of Enugu State as he signed the budget bill.
Gov. Ugwuanyi, who praised the synergy and amicable connection between his administration and the state legislature, prayed to God and expressed confidence that the budget would be rigorously implemented so that the people of the state may experience greater democratic dividends.
The Deputy Governor, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Uche Ugwu, and other members of the State House of Assembly were also in attendance, as were the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Rt. Hon. Dr. Festus Uzor, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Prof. Malachy Okwueze, and the Clerk of the House, Barr. Dr