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Governor Sule sends N8.67 billion supplementary appropriation bills to Nasarawa Assembly

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has denied media report credited to him that the dislodged Boko Haram insurgents are regrouping in his state, particularly on the Benue-Nasarawa border.

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule on Thursday sent N8.67billion supplementary appropriation bill to the House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House who read the Governor’s request during the House proceedings in Lafia, said that the supplementary bill if passed into law was to ensure the completion of ongoing projects in the state.

“A Bill for a Law to issue out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the State ( Supplementary Appropriation Bill) of the sum of N5.97 million and a virement ( Re- Allocation/ Adjustment ) of 2.69 only for the services of Nasarawa State Government scaled first and second readings.

“I commit the bill to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation to work on it and report back to the House on Oct. 19, 2021,” he said.

Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North), the Majority Leader of the House moved a motion for the bill to scale first and second readings respectively.

Hon Abel Yakubu Bala (PDP-Nassarawa Eggon West), the Minority Leader of the House seconded the motion.

The House unanimously passed the bill into first and second readings after Hon Muhammed Okpoku (APC Udege/Loko) spoke in favour of the bill.

It would be recalled that on December 31, 2020, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has signed the state N115.7 billion 2021 budget into law.

He said that the signing of the budget tagged ‘Budget of Economic Recuperation’ would enable the state to begin the constitutional 12-months Budget circle, starting from Jan.1 and ending on Dec. 31.

In a related development, the House passed into first reading A Bill for a Law to Establish the State Security Trust Fund in Nasarawa State and Other Related Matters Therewith.

The speaker has slated October 20, 2021, for the second reading of the bill.

Furthermore, the House also passed into first reading A Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Information Technology Development Agency and Other Related Matters.

The speaker also slated October 25, 2021, for the second reading of the bill.

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