The Delta State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the 2018 budget in a record time of one month and ten days signposting the diligence and hard work of the legislators.
In passing the appropriation bill, which was initially pegged by the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, at N298billion, the Lawmakers raised the budget to N308,88,558,898billion with an increase of N10 billion. This develop-ment has marked out Delta State as among the first to have a budget for 2018.
It would be recalled that the state Governor presented the budget estimates to the House on the 19th of October, 2017.
The budget, according to the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, was passed following the consideration of the report by Hon. Emeka Nwaobi, the Vice Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation.
Speaking while presenting the report, Hon. Nwaobi said that his committee received and collated inputs, observations and recommendations from the various sub committees and diligently considered them one after the other.
The Lawmaker disclosed that appropriation bill was tied to well defined and specific projects meant for the welfare of the electorate.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon.Tim Owhefere, thereafter moved that the House accept the report and was seconded by Hon. Uviejitobor.
The Speaker, after the passage of the appropriation bill, commended all the members for their hardwork and diligence, saying that all of them will continue to be on the same page for growth and develop-ment of the state.