Edo State House of Assembly has given a second reading to the year 2021 budget estimates and appropriation bill presented to it by the governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on 10, November, 2020.
Referring the bill to the House Standing Committee on Budget and Appropriation for proper scrutiny, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Amb Marcus Onobun who presided over plenary, said that in the face of the current global storms, the state government will hopefully perform very well especially in the area of engaging the youth to secure a better future.
In the same vein, the majority leader, Hon. Henry Okhuarobo, in whose name the bill appeared noted that the budget is well-designed to cater for the needs of the people. He advised his colleagues to support the passage of the bill for more democratic dividends across the eighteen local government areas of the state.
Also, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Roland Asoro described the budget as that of hope as it focuses on four key areas including civil service reforms, current economic realities as occasioned by the Covid-19, unemployment and infrastructure.
On his part, member representing Igueben Constituency, Hon. Ephraim Aluebhosele who said the Covid-19 has greatly affected every sector of the economy, expressed hope that the bill when passed will help strengthen institutions in the state.
Also speaking in favour of the bill, member representing Esan South East, Hon. Sunny Osezua Ojiezele stated that Governor Obaseki is doing very well especially in the area of internally-generated revenue which has continued to soar higher despite the recession.
In their separate remarks, other lawmakers such as Hon Emmanuel Omoladun Agbaje amongst others pointed out that with the N94.8 billion recurrent expenditure of the budget which is higher than the capital expenditure of N58.6 billion, it shows that the government is sensitive to the economic state of the people.
The lawmakers said that the bill is aimed at catering for the vulnerable, following the pandemic, meet eventualities and consolidate on the numerous existing projects in the state.
The bill was referred to the House Standing Committee on Budget and Appropriation for proper scrutiny.