Lagos Assembly passes N874 billion budget for 2019

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), delivering his speech during the presentation of the Y2018 Budget Estimates to the House, at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, December 11, 2017.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed the state’s 2019 Appropriation Bill of N873. 532 billion for 2019.

The approval came more than 80 days after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode presented the 2019 appropriation bill of N852. 316 billion on February 5 to the assembly.

The passage followed the adoption of the report and recommendations of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, headed by Gbolahan Yishawu (APC-Eti-Osa II).

The house approved N393, 841, 387, 020 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for recurrent expenditure and N479, 691, 073, 705 from Development Revenue Fund for capital expenditure.

The budget size thereby totalled N873, 532, 460, 725 which is N21.216 billion higher than the budget size presented by Mr Ambode.

The Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, commended Mr Yishawu and members of his committee for a thorough scrutiny of the budget.

Mr Obasa said: “That a bill for a law to authorise the issue and appropriation of N393,841,387,020 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for recurrent expenditure and N479, 691,073,705 from Development Fund for capital expenditure thereby totalling a budget size of N873,532,460,725 for the Year ending 31st December, 2019 be passed into law.”

The house passed the bill into law after Mr Obasa had conducted a voice-vote on each of the allocations for ministries, departments and agencies.

Mr Obasa directed the Clerk of the House, Azeez Sanni, to send a copy of the bill to Mr Ambode for his assent.

The 2019 budget is N 287. 68 billion lesser than that of 2018 which stood at N 1.04 trillion.

The budget has a capital expenditure of N462 .757 billion and a recurrent expenditure of N389.560 billion.

The capital to recurrent ratio of the budget stood at 54: 46.

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