By Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo State House of Assembly yesterday passed into law the amended version of the Appropriation Law 2018 and for Matters Incidental Thereto.
The passage was sequel to the adoption and consideration of the report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation under the chairmanship of Mr. Sunday Olajide.
This is coming as the House dissolved all Standing Committees and also announced Jamiu Maito as new Majority Leader of the House. Also, Prince Abayomi Akinruntan and Dr. Kaseem Suleiman were equally announced as deputy Majority Leader and the Parliamentary Secretary respectively.
The bill to amend the Appropriation Law 2018 and for Matters Incidental Thereto, after scaling through first and second readings on Monday was committed to the House Committee for proper scrutiny and speedy passage.
Submitting the committee’s report yesterday on the floor of the House, the committee chairman, Sunday Olajide, explained that members of the committee did a thorough job and invited concerned MDAs for proper scrutiny.
They recommended that approval be given to the pooling of the sum of N4, 263, 520, 783.18 billion from the recurrent expenditure component of the 2018 Budget and the re-allocation of the funds without any alteration to the budget size.
It was equally recommended that approval be given to the pooling of the sum of N10, 066, 473, 738.07 billion from capital expenditure component of the 2018 Budget and the re-allocation of the funds without any alteration to the budget size.
The committee further recommended that the state government should ensure that the provisions of the re-ordered funds are conscientiously applied to the needs stated therein so that the good intention behind the dispensation would be fully attained.
Moving the motion for the immediate passage of the amended law, the new Majority Leader of the House, Jamiu Maito, lauded all the committee members for doing a wonderful job. The motion was seconded by Oluyede Olusola.
After exhaustive debate on the floor of the House, the amended version of the 2018 appropriation law was unanimously passed by the lawmakers.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, said it was imperative to pass the amended appropriation bill to enable the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu meet his financial obligations to the workers in the state, especially the payment of Paris Club refund which was not initially appropriated for in the 2018 budget.
He lauded the governor for this unwavering commitment to the welfare of the state workforce, noting that what the Assembly was doing is in accordance with the dictates of the law.
On his part, the deputy speaker, Iroju Ogundeji also appreciated state workers for their support for the present administration, saying that the hallowed chambers will continue to protect their interests at all times.
The House has also set up a committee to work out modalities for the financial autonomy of the Assembly. The committee is headed by the deputy speaker, Iroju Ogundeji.
Speaking with Journalists after the plenary sitting, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Sunday Olajide, explained that the governor has done what is right and legal by asking for amendment of the existing law to move funds from heads where it was not too active to super-active heads in the interest of the people of the state.
He also commended his colleagues for doing the needful by passing the amended version of the appropriation bill into law after due consideration.