By Joseph INOKOTONG
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has signed the 2017 Appropration Bill of Three hundred and Seventy one Billion Naira (N371Bn), into Law.
The amount is Six Billion Naira higher than the N365Bn presented to the state Assembly by Emmanuel late last year.
Assenting to the bill in Uyo, Emmanuel expressed appreciation to the Leadership of the 6th Assembly for their painstaking effort in scrutinising the bill and subsequent passage culminating in the presentation for assent.
The Governor commended the Legislature for its unity of purpose saying they have worked for unity and good of the people of state .
“Let me use this opportunity to thank the Leadership of the 6th Assembly for the great work of unity and fairness which they have done for the people of the state. They have placed the interest of the state above self and the public expect nothing more than this show of unity and togetherness in moving the state forward,” he said.
He assured that the Budget tagged “Budget of Consolidation” would facilitate the implementation of the state’ s economic and development blueprint.
“I have before me a bill which has been deliberated and passed by the state House of Assembly which we need to give assent to become a law. I hereby assent to 2017 Appropriation Bill in line with the extent of work done by the Legislators and duly authenticated by the Clerk of the House.
“This Budget has been tagged Budget of Consolidation and together in unity and one accord we ‘ll work to consolidate the gains of previous years and expand opportunity for our people in the year 2017,” Emmanuel stated.
Speaker of the State House of Assembly Barr Onofiok Luke, told newsmen that the House through its Appropriation Committee thoroughly scrutinised the Budget in accordance with the provisions of the law
He expressed optimism that the assent of the bill would enable the Executive to deliver on its development programmes.