By CELESTINE D. ATTSAR
THE Plateau State appropriation bill presented to the Plateau State House of Assembly by the state governor has passed its second reading on the floor of the House.
The appropriation bill was presented to the House in a speech by Governor Simon Bako Lalong last week for its consideration.
The Majority Leader of the House Hon. Naanlong Daniel while leading speaker on the importance of the bill, said, it would go along way in changing the lives of the people of the state when it is implemented as it has touched all the sectors of human development.
According to him the budget has a size of over one hundred and seventy two billion naira which is divided into ninety eight billion recurrent and seventy four billion capital.
While contributing members of the said the mistake of the past in budget implementation should be avoided to achieve its goals.
Members called for attention to be given to the health sector, road and intervention project which would touched the lives of the rural dwellers.
The speaker of the House Rt. Hon. Abok Ayuba said the budget presented to the House by the governor is now document of the House which they are going to work on it for the betterment of the state.
He emphasized that the implementation of the budget will depend on how the House Committee would take their oversight functions.
In another development the Plateau state House of Assembly committee on information had during a press briefing shortly after the bill was giving it second reading, said Ministries Departments and Agencies of government should prepare ahead of time and be on alert, as any moment the defence of the 2020 budget would commence. And the House would not take any excuse from any MDAs for poor preparedness.
The chairman of the committee Hon. Philip Dasun explained that with “a critical and excellent debate was made today with far reading recommendation and suggestion, the appropriation committee will soon release a time table for budget defence by MDAs.
In an interviewed a lecturer with the Faculty of Law, University of Jos, Mr. Demond Dashe commended the lawmakers for a non partisan debate on the budget, adding there was need to make budget with timeline for effective implementation, but frowned at the size of the recurrent budget which is higher than the capital budget.
Also speaking on the budget after watching the debate, Dr. Augustine Azi of the Department of Social Science Education, University of Jos, said the problem with budget was mostly the implementation and called on the government to look into its internally Generated Revenue (IGR) sources for more funds to implement its budgetary proposal.
Another lecturer who was also at the plenary of the House Mr. Mahan Mafuyai said what he saw during the debate shows we are developing politically and democratically looking at the presentation of the lawmakers on the various subheadings of the budget.