Abia Assembly Passes N3.7bn Supplementary Budget


Barely 48 hours after receiving the 2011 Appropriation Bill, the Abia State House of Assembly has passed the second supplementary budget of N3.7 billion.

Chief Asiforo Okere, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, made the announcement on Wednesday in Umuahia during the Assembly’s monthly briefing.

Okere said the Assembly extended the implementation period of the 2010 budget from December to March 2011, explaining that the measure became necessary to ensure the full realisation of the appropriation.

He said the new supplementary bill, passed lastTuesday at the Assembly’s plenary session, would help the state government to execute ongoing capital projects in Umuahia and Aba.

Okere said that the Assembly also passed the Infrastructural Development Bill, stressing that the law would assist in boosting the internally generated revenue of the state.

The lawmaker announced that the House had started its Christmas and New Year recess, pointing out that before embarking on the holiday, it passed five key resolutions.

He said the resolutions included the rejection of Justice Ijeoma Offonry who was recommended by the National Judicial Council as the new Chief Judge of Abia.

Another was the commendation of Gov. Theodore Orji and President Goodluck Jonathan for curbing the increasing profile of organised kidnapping and violent crimes in the state.

Okere, however, said that the 2011 Appropriation Bill had gone through second reading and was now at the committee stage.

He gave assurance that the bill would be given accelerated passage.