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I will sign budget when it’s ready – Uduaghan

By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday said that although members of the State House of Assembly have passed the 2010 budget, he was yet to sign it into law due to some corrections being effected on it.

The governor stated this at the State Executive Council (Exco) chambers of Government House, Asaba, when he received in audience, the Speaker of the State house of Assembly, Mr. Martin Okonta, who came to shed light on why the House had not forwarded the budget to  him for assent.

Okonta had told the governor that after passing the budget, the House discovered that there was need to “properly dot the i and cross the ts.”

Responding, Governor Uduaghan wondered why it should be made a media issue, saying “I will sign the budget when it is ready; when it is properly done, so that we don’t run into problem.

“Government is still running; government has not stopped running, so I don’t think it is an issue where people should be making so much noise about the budget, why it has not been signed.”

He said “we  will move the state forward and we will not be stampeded by anybody to do the things that are wrong.”

The governor charged Chairman of DESOPADEC, Chief Wellington Okirika, who was present, to appeal to his people and educate them about the process of budgeting which had to be followed .

“The illegalities that are going on cannot continue. The speaker has promised us that tomorrow (today),  it will be ready. And even if it is not ready tomorrow (today), the world will not come to an end.”

I will sign it when it is ready,” said the governor.
The State House of Assembly passed a budget of N321 billion for 2010 fiscal year.
Before the passing the budget, the lawmakers jerked the earlier proposal of N235.71 billion to N321 billion, with an explanation that the increase was necessitated by the need to ensure successful completion of on-going mega projects, such as Asaba International Airport, among others.


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