House Reconvenes, Approves 2019 Budget


The Rivers State House of Assembly reconvened last Monday after the Christmas and New Year celebrations as it began deliberations on the 2019 Appropriation Bill.
But before the bill was passed into law last Friday, the House debated and passed into law the State Arbitration and Multi Door Court House Bills 2018.
With the passage of the two bills, the House began earnest deliberations on the budget proposal as presented by the governor, Chief Nyesom Wike last year.
To fasten the passage of the budget, the Speaker committed the bill to the House Committee on Public Finance for study.
The House Committee on Public Finance and Accounts held a two-day budget defence sitting for Ministries, Departments and Parastatals(MDGs).
The budget defence exercise was concluded on last Friday and thereafter, the House Committee of the whole had to study and review the report.
Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani presided over the sitting and put the report to vote as majority approved the report.
Some members who argued on the need to approve the budget without delay include Hon. Michael Chinda, Hon. Nathaniel Uwaji, Hon Bariene Deeyah, Tony Ejiokwu of Etche 1Constituency.
Hon. Chinda had requested for the citing of a pedestrian bridge by the Pleasure Park on Aba Road in order to provide safety for liesure seekers in the facility.
Deeyah sought for more projects in Ogoni land as he commended Chief Wike for Bori/Sakpenwa Road.
On that same Friday, the House Committee on health held a public hearing for the “Rivers State Health Care Facility Management bill 2018”.
Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Hon. Adonye Kelly Diri said the bill will enhance quality health care delivery in the state.
Diri who represents Opobo/ Nkoro Constituency also assured that once the bill is passed it would check quacks and infuse professionalism in health care management across the state.
Consequently, the House finally approved the budget of N480.4 billion for 2019. The Speaker described the budget as a balanced one, as it would address all spheres of development in the state.