By Ene Asuquo
Cross River State Governor, Sen. Bassey Otu has signed the revised 2023 appropriation bill into law.
The appropriation bill has a total sum of two hundred and fifty billion, seven hundred and eighty one million, fifteen thousand, six hundred and sixty one naira (N250, 781,015,661) a downward review from the previous budget size of N330billion.
Speaking at the event, Sen. Otu said the need to review the 2023 budget became necessaryp because of his administration’s decision to work within a realistic financial framework of the State.
“let me start by thanking the speaker and the house for the speedy passage of this bill. One of the most difficult bills to pass in the lagislature is the appropriation bill”.
“It is the first bill I am signing into law in conformity with the People’s First agenda, collaborating with the House of Assembly we shall achieve the desired results”.
“With the signing into law of this revised appropriation bill,
Cross Riverians will start seeing the real dividends of democracy which will improve the fortunes of the state” the governor said”.
The Governor stressed that the essence of the downward review of the budget is to capture the true income indices and make the bill more realistic in line with current reality in Internally Generated Revenue as well as the monthly allocation from federation to the state.
Earlier, the speaker, Rt. Hon. Ayambem expressed gratitude to his colleagues for working assiduously to see that work on the budget was completed in record time
According to him, the budget was reviewed downwards to conform with the state’s revenue income.
“It is the most realistic budget in time past, the bill was reviewed in light of the state’s financial income, Cross Riverians will be happy with the size of this budget.
“The legislative bottlenecks were observed and all due process strictly followed and I assure you that the executive now has a good ground to take off”
Assuring the governor of a harmonious working synergy between the legislature and the executives, the speaker said, “I want to assure you of the cooperation and collaboration of the House of Assembly in providing good governance to the State”
Recall that the 2023 appropriation bill which was signed by the immediate past administration had a total sum of Three Hundred and Thirty billion naira.