Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has signed the 2017 Appropriation Bill of N294.5 billion pledging that his administration will follow through with its commitment to develop infrastructure.
The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya, accompanied by other principal officers of the legislature presented the Appropriation Bill at the Government House, Asaba.
Okowa said:“We have a budget of approximately N294 billion in the year 2017 and it is our hope that the finances coming from various sectors will improve in the course of this year so that we are able to meet with our obligations to our people.
“The budget is made up of N158 billion in recurrent expenditure and N136 billion in capital expenditure.
Governor Okowa thanked the youths in the state for their cooperation in ensuring peaceful environment for development projects to take place, noting that a lot was being done by his administration in attracting projects to the creeks and the riverine communities.
“The state government will continue with its infrastructural development of the riverine areas this year; we are facing the realities on the ground because, the riverine areas needs infrastructure just like the upland.”
He said “the more we put infrastructure in the riverine areas, the less there will be slum areas in the cities and towns; I want to assure you that it is possible to truly impact on these riverine communities and make them better places to inhabit and improve on the economy.”
Rt. Hon. Igbuya while presenting the budget, informed the governor that the appropriation bill was presented to the House of Assembly in November, 2016 and passed through all due legislative procedures before it was passed by the House in February, 2017,