Obaseki to present his first budget next week

Governor Godwin Obaseki  of Edo State will on Monday submit, 2017 budget appropriation bill to the state House of Assembly for consideration. However, this will be his first budget as the governor of the the state since he had been sworn in.

This was revealed by the Chairman, House Committee on Budget Appropriation, Damian Lawani, to newsmen after a meeting of the Executive and Legislative Joint Committee at the weekend in Benin.

He said the proposed Monday’s budget presentation followed the agreement by Executive and Legislative Joint Committee on the Edo State 2017 budget, after all grey areas had been captured.

Lawani said that the meeting became necessary to ensure that all the good intentions of the new administration is properly captured before presentation.

“You are aware that Mr. Governor wrote a letter to us last week intending to present the budget on Friday, but going through the budget, we saw the need for us – executive and legislative arms of government to meet and finalize the details of the appropriation bill before presentation on Monday.

“There are areas in the appropriation bill that need to be touched. That is why both teams are here to put finishing touches to the budget. By Monday we should be ready for presentation,” Lawani said.

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