The governor of Enugu state, Barrister Sullivan Chime Wednesday presented a draft budget of sixty-seven billion, eight hundred and sixty-six million, four hundred and eighteen thousand seven hundred and ten naira (N67, 866, 418, 710) to members of the state House of Assembly for their consideration and approval and for his government services come 2010 fiscal year.
Christened “Budget of Strategic Adjustment”, governor Chime listed the policy thrust of the budget to include consolidating on the gains of the year 2009 Budget , completion of on-going projects , increased involvement of the private sector in the development of the State , massive provision of social and economic infrastructure in the rural and urban areas, diversification and intensification of the resource and revenue base of the State, as well as effective collaboration with other tiers and arms of Government for effective service delivery.
The budget, he said, is made up of thirty billion, one hundred and one million, three hundred and twenty two thousand three hundred and fifty eight naira (N30,101,322,358) as Recurrent Expenditure, which is 44 per cent of the budget size, thirty seven billion, seven hundred and sixty five million, ninety six thousand, three hundred and fifty two naira (N37,765,096,352) goes to Capital Expenditure, representing 56 per cent of the entire envelope.
According to him, the capital expenditure is higher than the recurrent this time in tune with the determination to ensure that his Government completes virtually all the capital projects it began.
The State Government, he went on, expects a recurrent revenue of thirty six billion, six hundred and twenty million, ninety two thousand, seven hundred and ten naira (N36,620,092,710). Government intends to realise this through aggressive internally-generated revenue which is estimated at N6.62 billion and our share of Federal Revenue put at thirty billion (N30bn), representing 81.93 per cent.
Continuing, governor Chime further stated that the estimated Recurrent Expenditure is thirty billion, one hundred and one million, three hundred and twenty two thousand, three hundred and fifty eight naira (N30,101,322,358), adding that out of this, twenty billion, two hundred and seventy million, three hundred and seventeen thousand, one hundred and twenty naira which represents 68% has been devoted to personnel costs including Consolidated Revenue Fund charges.
A total sum of five billion, eight hundred and thirty million naira (N5,830,000,000) which translates to 19 per cent is for overhead costs whereas four billion, one million, five thousand, two hundred and thirty eight (N4,001,005,238) which is 13 per cent goes to subventions to parastatals and tertiary institutions in the state.
He also told members of the Assembly that the sum of thirty seven billion, seven hundred and sixty five million, ninety six thousand, three hundred and fifty two naira (N37,765,096,352) is appropriated for capital expenditure in year 2010.
His words: “Our dream of consolidating on the achievements recorded in road redevelopment and rehabilitation is for the Government to complete all on-going urban and rural road projects while awarding new ones as the needs and funds permit. This is with a view to providing accessibility and mobility in both the urban and rural areas to enhance the rapid socio-economic transformation of the State.”
Governor Chime made it clear that to achieve this objective, the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure received the highest allocation of N12.65 billion in the 2010 budget, pointing out that this represents 33.50 per cent of the entire capital budget of the State.
This, he said, will take care of on-going works on our urban roads notably Nkpokiti-Agbani Road , 82 Division, Mechanic Village among others as it will also cater for sixty kilometres of Enugu and Nsukka urban roads captured in the 2010 budget.
The sum of N150 million was also provided as Government’s counterpart contribution for the World Bank-assisted Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) which is expected to take off fully in the State during the 2010 fiscal year, he equally added.
Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room
The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”
Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill
The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.
2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria
Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.
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