48 hours after presentation, Ogun’s N345bn 2018 Budget scales 2nd reading

By Peter Moses

Abeokuta

Barely 48 hours after its presentation, the N345 billion 2018 Appropriation Bill yesterday scaled second reading at the Ogun state House of Assembly.
Blueprint recalls that Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Tuesday presented the budget proposal christened “Budget of Accelerated Development” to the legislators for their approval.
At the yesterday sitting, Hon. Olawale Alausa, representing Ijebu-ode constituency, moved the motion for the second reading of the bill and seconded by Hon. Yetunde Sogbein-Adekanbi, who represents Odeda constituency.
Leading the debate, the Chairman, Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Olusola Bankole (Ado, Odo Ota 11), said it was important for the bill to be passed into law as soon as possible.
Bankole explained that for the indigenes to continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy, it was important to expedite action on the passage of the bill.
“For more development, I want to urge my colleagues that we need to pass the bill before the end of the year so that the masses can also feel the dividends of democracy,” he said.
On his part, the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, said the 2018 Appropriation Bill was “ambitious and had set target for more Infrastructural and human development in the state.”
He urged other members to support the quick passage of the bill.
The Speaker, Hon. Suraj Adekunbi, after exhaustive debate, ordered that the bill be committed to the Committee on Finance and Appropriation for further legislative actions.

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