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Niger House of Assembly passes 2023 Appropriation Bill

The Niger State House of Assembly has passed the 2023 appropriation bill of over N243 billion as against the over N238 billion presented to it by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

This followed the report of the House committee on appropriation presented to the house by the committee Chairman and member representing Wushishi constituency, Alhaji Muhammed Lokogoma.

According to Alhaji Lokogoma, the budget is crucial and essential for the take-off of a new financial year, stressing that, with the passage, Niger state is backed by law to run the government in 2023 with an additional N5 billion into the budget.

A breakdown of the budget shows that approved capital expenditure stood at over N152 billion while that of recurrent expenditure is over N91 billion.

The Committee chairman described the current budget structure as “complicated:, saying the situation has made it “difficult to trace a particular capital allocation for scrutiny”.

The House unanimously urged the executive arm of government to ensure that the budget is laid before the legislature at least three months before the end of the year for proper scrutiny.

This is the last budget to be passed into law by many members of the Niger state legislature considering that a majority of them will not be returning to the chamber in the next dispensation.

Reporting by Aliyu Lawal;Editing by Fany Olumoye and Tony Okerafor