RSHA Commits 2019 Budget To C’ttee


The 2019 Appropriation Bill has been committed to committee stage by the State House of Assembly.
This follows an intense debate on the floor of the House, last Wednesday by the lawmakers.
Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Martin Amaewhule expressed satisfaction that the budget was able to cover key areas of development across the 23 local government areas.
In the words of Amaewhule, “It’s one that is bent on ensuring that efforts of this present administration in 2018 are consolidated in 2019 and that is essentially what Rivers people want, especially in the continuation of the good works of His Execellency.”
Also, Hon.Nathaniel Uwaji of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni ConstituencyII,Hon. Adonye Diri for Opobo/Nkoro, including Evans Bipi representing Ogu/Bolo all expressed confidence that the 2019 budget would be implemented to touch the grassroots.
Hon. Diri averred that, “ We have a general hospital that has been completed and with the passage of this bill into law, it will facilitate the equipping of the hospital to serve our people.”
On his part, Hon Uwaji remarked, “ Mr Speaker, the budget presented by His Excellency is not seeking for the next level but for approval…budget approval has time frame and I tell you, the period we are in now is for construction and what the budget is about is for government to go and do work.”
The Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni II legislator maintained that budget should not be allowed to overstay and therefore should be given quick approval.
In the same vein, Hon Friday Nkee-e representing Khana Constituency stressed the need for government to focus on the provision of amenities, such as drinking water and power and health.
Committing the bill to the committee stage, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani urged for a quick study of the bill.
According to him, all other committee are to dissolve into the appropriation committee to do a thorough work and report back in two days. They are to report back to the House in record time”, he further urged them.