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Ugwuanyi signs 2023 budget into law

By Maureen Ikpeama

Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has signed the 2023 appropriation bill of  N166,602,4I6,770.00  passed by the state House of Assembly , into law 

Signing the  2023 budget into law on Friday, Governor Ugwuanyi said  that the exercise has signified the completion of the process of appropriation of funds for the business of governance of Enugu State in the year 2023.

He said that sequel to  presentation of the state’s 2023 budget proposal to the Enugu State House of Assembly on 15th December, 2022," his administration, through the instrumentality of the 2023 budget, tagged: “Budget of Consolidation and Transition,” seeks to consolidate its achievements in various sectors of the state and transit the state’s governance to the inbound administration.

Governor Ugwuanyi expressed delight that the state House of Assembly, as always, gave the budget proposal expeditious consideration and approval. He reiterated his administration’s readiness to commence the 2023 budget implementation in earnest, with effect from January 1, 2023.

"This is also the last time I would be assenting to the full year budget of Enugu State as Governor, under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended,” Governor Ugwuanyi said. He prayed God to avail his administration,  the grace of substantial realisation of the projected revenue in the 2023 budget as well as peaceful atmosphere for its diligent implementation.”

The governor  thanked the leadership and members of the State House of Assembly for responding to the imperative of accelerated consideration and approval of the budget.

 “I acknowledge the dedicated Clerk and other staff of the House whose contributions to the legislative business, though invaluable, are largely unsung.”

Governor Ugwuanyi, appealed to the  people of Enugu State to remain prayerful and stay the course of peace, wishing them a prosperous New Year.

Earlier, while presenting the approved budget for the governor’s assent, the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Uchenna Ubosi , described the approved  budget as “a wonderful and realistic budget”, disclosing that critical sectors such as works, agriculture, education, health and water resources got huge allocations.

“It shows that you (Ugwuanyi) are prepared to finish all the works you started and the ones you promised the good people of Enugu State. It is a very commendable one, Your Excellency. It shows that the budget is a very realistic one,” he said.

The Speaker on behalf of his colleagues appreciated Governor Ugwuanyi for his immense support and exemplary leadership qualities anchored on peace and good governance, stressing that the legislators are grateful that they have enjoyed cordial working relationship with the governor, members of the State Executive Council (EXCO) and other government officials in the state.

“On this note Your Excellency, may I invite the Clerk of the House to join me to present to you the approved budget of N166,602,4I6,770.00 for your assent and for the benefit of the good people of Enugu State to the glory of God,” he added.

Present at the event were the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Uche Ugwu and other members of the State House of Assembly, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, former Chief of Staff and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Festus Uzor, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Enugu, Prof. Malachy Okwueze, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Dr. David Ugwunta and other members of the State Executive Council (EXCO), and the Clerk of the House, Dr. Emmanuel Udaya.

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