By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Ondo State House of Assembly has passed the 2020 revised appropriation bill of N151 billion, 438 million which is N36.4 billion lower than the previous appropriation of N187 billion.
The Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun in his ruling noted that the review became necessary in the face of the realities on ground to ensure that government’s positive impact was felt through achievable interventions and programmes.
It would be recalled that state assembly had earlier passed the 2020 appropriation of N187 billion before the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country in December.
The Speaker said that due to the adverse effect the COVID -19 pandemic on the economy in the state and the country, it became imperative for state House of Assembly to review the already passed 2020 budget to accommodate social protection programmes that will mitigate the effect on its citizens.
The Chairman, Adhoc Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Sunday Olajide while submitting the committee’s report, said the downward review of the 2020 budget became necessary due to present economic realities with education taking the chunk of the revised budget with 18.31%
Oleyelogun while reading the breakdown of the revised budget appreciated the adhoc committee for rising to the occasion in the interest of the people of the state.
Also, in view of the forthcoming local government elections slated for August 22 this year, the chairman, Adhoc committee on information, Olugbenga Omole said an Adhoc committee was set up to supervise the elections process before, during and after the elections.
Also, a matter of public importance was raised on the floor of the house of an eleven years old girl raped to death at Odo Irun Oyinmo ward in Akoko North west constituency 11 where the lawmakers condemned the act and called for justice for the victim.
The Speaker, while sympathizing with the family of the victim said the house will expedite action to pass into law an act prohibiting violations against the girl child.
He called for the support of all relevant agencies to nip in the bud rape cases in the state and offenders punished according to the law to serve as deterrent to others.