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Four months after, Lagos Assembly yet to pass 2019 budget


The Lagos State 2019 budget, which reached the State House of Assembly 119 days ago, has not been passed.

Though Governor Akinwunmi Ambode presented the budget formally on February 5, the budget had earlier spent 43 days with the Assembly, without it being attended to, on the basis that it was not formally presented by the governor.

The governor had sent the budget to the Assembly on December 24, 2018 with a request to formally present it on December 28.

This delay implies that, in the last 10 years, this is the longest time the budget has been with lawmakers. This is because between 2010 and 2018, the least time the Lagos budget had been with any Assembly was 14 days, while the longest time was 101 days.

The build-up to the presentation and the actions of the lawmakers in terms of commitment clearly showed the Assembly was playing politics. After displaying initial interest for the budget to be presented, the lawmakers not only abandoned it for elections, even when elections were over, they decided to take more rest.

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