2021 Budget Scales Second Reading

The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly has considered the 2021 budgetary provision of the state as it scales second reading and committed to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriations to report back to the House within one month.

 The House adjudged the bill as a viable one with much attention given to capital and economic sectors of the state, while deliberating on the bill during plenary recently. 

 The leader of the House and member for Oruk Anam State Constituency, Sir Udo Kierian Akpan, who gave an overview of the budget, said about 61 per cent of the budget was channeled to the economic sector, adding that the title "Budget of Economic Reconstruction, gives direction to consolidate on government policies and programmes.

 He stated that the budget has more funds allocated to capital projects as there was hope that infrastructure in state would be improved as ongoing projects would be completed. The deputy speaker of the House and the member for Okobo State Constituency, Princess Felicia Bassey, expressed hope that the bill with its reconstruction tool will pay attention to health, aviation and agricultural sectors of the state. 

 The member for Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Elder Aniekan Uko, lauded Governor Emmanuel for choosing to give more attention to the education sector of the state compared to past allocations. He urged the Committee on Finance and Appropriations to pay attention to education sector as well as ensuring that justice was done to the sector when considering the budget at the committee level. 

 The member for Etinan State Constituency and the deputy leader of the House, Mr Aniefiok Dennis who is also a member of the Finance and Appropriations Committee, assured that more details and attention would be given to the budget at the committee level.

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