Sokoto Assembly passes N89.9bn Supplementary Budget

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The Sokoto State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the 2024 Supplementary Budget of N89.9 billion for the state.

This followed the consideration of the report presented by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation during plenary session.

Presenting the report, the committee’s chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Zakari, (APC-Rabah), said the development was in consideration of Gov. Ahmed Aliyu’s request presented at the Assembly on Tuesday.

“The bill was presented on the floor on Tuesday. Due to its importance to the state’s services, however ,it received both its first and second readings promptly,” he said.

Zakari said that the committee observed that the request for the 2024 appropriation budget was prompted by an additional inflow of revenue to the state’s coffers.

He said, “The proposed supplementary inflow includes statutory allocation/VAT, infrastructural development funds from the Federal Government, FGN/State Debt Swap, signature bonuses, and goods and valuable consideration.

“The supplementary budget affects the ministries of Land and Housing, Religious Affairs, Agriculture, Health, Humanitarian Affairs, Water Resources, Finance, and Women Affairs.”

He noted that the committee recommended the estimated amount, of N7 billion in recurrent expenditures and N82.9 billion in capital expenditures, to stand as part of the bill’s schedule.

Zakari stated that the committee neither added to nor reduced the proposed supplementary budget.

Following contributions from various lawmakers, the Speaker, Alhaji Tukur Bala, put the motion to a voice vote, which the Assembly unanimously adopted.