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Ekiti Assembly passes N98bn 2018 budget


Ekiti Assembly

• Electorate will subdue APC in governorship poll, says Olusola
The Ekiti State House of Assembly yesterday approved the 2018 appropriation bill of N98.6 billion, which Governor Ayodele Fayose presented to it two weeks ago.

The passage of the bill, tagged: “Budget of Accomplishments,” followed the presentation of a report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, which has the responsibility of working on budget estimates.

While presenting the report, the Committee Chairman, Jeje Samuel, said ministries, agencies and departments (MDAs) appeared before the committee to defend their estimates.

He said the committee observed that the 2018 budget was targeted at expanding the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR) and completion of ongoing projects.

It would also ensure the provision of quality health services, quality education and sustainability of agricultural production with a view to ensuring food security and poverty alleviation in the state.

Samuel solicited the support of all stakeholders to improve the state IGR for the realisation of the budget and appreciated the House for the opportunity given to the committee to serve.

Speaker of the House, Kola Oluwawole, commended his colleagues for the timely approval of the budget estimates and charged them to play their role to achieve maximum performance of the budget.

The House also debated the draft constitution amendment sent by the National Assembly to it for concurrence.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the 2018 governorship election, Professor Kolapo Olusola, yesterday said the Ekiti electorate would make it difficult for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the forthcoming governorship election.

He stated this at a rally organised by the youths to bolster his political aspiration, which was held at Ikere-Ekiti.

The rally started from Oke-Ikere through Uro quarters and ended at the palace of Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Adejimi Adu Alagbado.

Olusola said the people’s will was mightier than federal might in any democratic setting, saying the insinuations that the Federal Government will deploy its apparatuses to rig the election in favour of the APC would not work.

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