The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, on Monday, November 30, assented to the 2021 Appropriation Bill of N383 billon in Asaba the state’s capital.
The Appropriation Bill tagged “Budget of Economic Recovery” comprise of N210 billion capital expenditure and N173 billion recurrent expenditure.
The Delta House of Assembly increased the budget figure of N378.48 billion proposed by the governor to N383 billion.
Signing the budget, Okowa assured the people that the state would strive to recover from the economic challenges engendered by COVID-19 pandemic.
He commended the state house of assembly for the quick passage of the bill.
The governor noted that there was warm working relationship between the executive and the legislature in the state.
Read his statement;
“You have just witnessed my signing into law, the 2021 Appropriation Bill, and as I said on October 27, during the presentation of the bill, we are in very difficult times this year.
“The second wave of the pandemic will create further challenge for the recovery of the economy of our nation.
“However, we are optimistic that in the 2021 fiscal year, things will gradually improve and we will be able to get back to the desired levels of infrastructural and human capital development for our people.
“There is a lot of unemployment and our people are generally getting restive nationally.
“I pray that God will help us and this nation to rediscover ourselves and to commit every work of our people and our state and nation for the common good of all our citizens.
“The budget is termed ‘budget of economic recovery’ because we are very much aware of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on both our health systems and the economy of the country.
“The pandemic obviously impacted negatively on our budget in 2020 that we had to reduce it twice in the year.
“I want to appreciate our contractors who have continued to stay in their various sites to work even when it is becoming increasingly difficult to make payments on contractual agreements already made.
“We will continue to be very responsible as a state and we will continue to work with them to deliver on our projects.
“I want to reassure you, Mr Speaker and Delta people that the executive will keep focus on the development of projects that we are involved in.”
According to governor Arthur Okowa, the increase in the budget size from the proposed N378.48 billion to N383 billion, was to provide for some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that were not captured in the proposal.