His Excellency, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi (FNSE, FNATE, CON) – Governor of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, today, Monday, November 7, 2022, laid before the Hallowed Chamber of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, the 2023 Budget Estimates of One Hundred and Thirty Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Ninety Eight Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty Naira, no kobo (N139,398,280,640.00).
Governor Umahi performed this constitutional exercise in accordance with section 121(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.
The Appropriation Bill which was christened, ‘Divine Mandate Budget of Consolidation and Continuity’, had in its highest chunk of priorities, the Economic Sector, which includes; Ministry of Works, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Housing & Urban Development, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance – all bearing Capital Projects with 50.64%.
The second in line is the Social Sector which includes: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports development, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy Matters, with 24.38%.
It was the last of such exercise for the present administration and more significantly, the last of such, to be entertained by the sixth Ebonyi State House of Assembly.
The Honourable Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Gubernatorial Candidate of Ebonyi State, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, began by stepping down the House Rules via a motion, to applaud the presence of a superlative leader, who by all conceivable ranks within his powers, has done Ebonyi proud. Addressing the esteemed gathering afterwards, Speaker Nwifuru expressed delight at the sweet synergy that has existed between the Arms of Government in Ebonyi State, the reason for the grand achievements recorded by the administration of Governor Umahi.
“In Ebonyi State, the relationship between us, the Legislature, Executive and of course, the Judiciary, has been characterised by mutual trust, purposeful synergy, dutiful partnership, clear understanding and respect for the principles of Separation of Powers. These in no minimal measures, have entrenched a habitual attitude of excellence in policy formulation, legislation, adjudication, and execution of those policies, for optimal service delivery in our dear State.”
The Speaker went on to assure the Governor of speedy attention on the Budget, for timely implementation and to ensure there is no bleep in the dividends of good Governance been enjoyed in the State. In doing so, Speaker Nwifuru noted, that they will be guided by the Legislative requirements of a thorough scrutiny.
Same sentiments of applause were echoed by the Deputy Speaker – Rt. Hon. Kingsley Ogbonna Ikoro; Leader of the House – Hon. Victor Uzoma Chukwu; Hon. Barr. Linus Friday Nwuhuo and others who spoke. In a clearly nostalgic scene, emotions were palpable as it was the last of such to be entertained in the sixth Assembly by a Governor whom they refer to as, the Master of Intelligence. They went ahead to praised his prudence in resource management and expressed their gladness about his successor who is knitted in experience and fantastic prospects.
The Honourable Speaker committed the Budget to the various committees for speedy attention, as heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies are expected to appear before the committees, to defend their Budgets.
Leo Ekene Oketa
Chief Press Secretary to the Honourable Speaker
Monday, November 7, 2022.