The Ogun 2021 Appropriation bill of N399billion on Thursday scaled second reading at the floor of the state House of Assembly.
The lawmakers described the bill as a financial instrument that would address infrastructural deficit, provide job opportunities, youth development and aid investment.
The lawmakers spoke at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo (APC–Ifo1) in Abeokuta.
Mr Yusuf Sherif (APC–Ado Odo Ota 1) , the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the second reading of the bill and this was seconded by the Chief Whip, Atinuke Bello (APC-Odogbolu) and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote.
Opening debate on the bill, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Olakunle Sobukanla (APC – Ikenne) , noted that the bill reflected current realities across the world when considered the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
Sobukanla noted that the bill was put together in line with international best practices in public finance and gave room for due diligence .
Other lawmakers stated that the bill made critical provisions for the needs of the people especially in the areas of infrastructures, education, youth empowerment , health and others.
The lawmakers , who also called for an effective and efficient budget implementation for the benefit of the people, said it would bring more innovations to the state.
According to the lawmakers, the 2021 budget proposal was reasonable and realistic and had addressed the right sector of the state economy.
They also called for the quick passage of the bill.
Responding, the Speaker thanked his colleagues for their robust contributions on the bill.
Oluomo noted that the budget proposal presented by the governor was moderate enough for the state at this point in time, calling on members to put all efforts in place for the passage of the bill before the end of the year.
Oluomo, thereafter, committed the bill to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for further legislative actions.
Gov. Dapo Abiodun had on Dec. 2 presented a budget of N399billion to the House.
The budget was christened “Budget of recovery and sustainability”.