From Chuks Collins, Awka

Anambra State House of Assembly yesterday approved N145.3billion
appropriation for the state government operations for 2014 fiscal
year.

This was an increase of N5.3billion Assembly away from the total of
N140billion initially proposed and submitted by the former governor,
Chief Peter Obi on November 15,2013.

Chairman of the Assembly’s Finance and Appropriation Committee, Nikky
Ugochukwu while presenting the document to the House disclosed that
after the appropriation was submitted last year, her committee invited
all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs), to come forward
for defence of their proposals. And at the end of the day her
committee arrived at a budget size they considered to have really
reflected the needs of the state.

The deputy chairman of the committee, Mr. Gabriel Onyenwife (Ayamelum
constituency), the upward review was because of some later expenses
incurred for the conduct of the Jann 4,2014 local government council
elections and hand-over ceremony by the former Governor, as
well as the need to improve security in the state.
He said that the new Governor Willie Obiano had proposed additional
increase of N5billion on his predecessor’s estimate whereas the
Assembly added another N300million which brought the total figure to
N145.3billion.

According to him, the earlier recurrent expenditure estimate of N7.9bn
proposed for the Government House was reviewed upward to N8.2billon
while additional N100million was added to the estimate earlier
proposed for the state Assembly to take care of the new structure
being constructed in the Assembly complex which he said was initiated
by the former Governor Obi.

Breakdown of the budget according to the Speaker, Mrs Chinwe Nwaebili
showed that a total of N41, 905,044,200 was approved for recurrent
expenditure while the sum of N103,095,000,000 was approve for capital
expenditure.

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