Lagos Assembly assures of swift passage of 2017 budget

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
The Lagos State House of Assembly has assured of swift passage of 2017 budget as presented to it by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode recently.
According to the Assembly members, the aim of early passage is to provide succor for the people, especially at this time of economic recession.
The spokesman of the House, Tunde Braimoh, gave this assurance in a chat with newsmen in Lagos on Sunday.
Braimoh who is the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, however, said that the Assembly would not compromise its statutory mandate on budget scrutiny before passage.
“The House of Assembly promises to live up to its billings as partners in progress with the executive to the ultimate benefit of the citizenry. We assure the residents of swift passage and implementation of the budget in order to provide great succour for the people especially at this time of economic recession.
“The Assembly promises earnest, diligent, conscientious but very scrutinising consideration and passage of the budget, subject to amendments where necessary,” Braimoh said.
According to him, the Assembly, has directed all its committees, organs and other apparatuses handle the budget with utmost concentration.
He said that all standing committees of the House would report back to plenary by the next adjourned date.
Braimoh, APC-Kosofe II, said that the budget would have expeditious but assiduous passage.
Ambode had on Tuesday proposed N812.99 billion as the state’s budget for 2017.
The budget comprises recurrent expenditure of N300.53 billion and capital expenditure of N512.46 billion.
The House on Thursday directed all its standing committees to work on the budget proposal.

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