Governor Sanwo-Olu Signs N873.532Billion 2019 Appropriation Bill Into Law…

Written by on June 3, 2019

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, flanked by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (2nd left); Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola (left) and Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (right) while signing the 2019 Appropriation Bill into law at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has signed the 2019 Appropriation Bill into law.

Speaking with newsmen after assenting to the Eight hundred and seventy three billion, five hundred and thirty two million, four hundred and sixty thousand, seven hundred and twenty-five naira Bill at the Lagos House in Alausa Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu promised that the relevant machineries would be put in place to ensure full implementation of the Budget for the benefits of residents.

A breakdown of the Budget shows that 479,691,730,705 naira will be deployed as capital expenditure, while recurrent expenditure stands at 393,841,387 naira putting the appropriation law on a 55 to 45 percent ratio.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who noted that the year is far gone thanked members of the Assembly for living up to their responsibilities and pledged that his administration would quickly deploy the budget appropriately and if need be, come before the Assembly again for a re-ordering.

Sanwo-Olu said ” We will ensure speedy implementation of the bill by ensuring a quick distribution to all ministries and agencies so that Lagosians can enjoy the full benefits of it,”

The Governor also appended his signature to three other Bills during the ceremony at the Lagos House in Alausa Ikeja.

The three other Bills signed into law are the Lagos Assembly Service Commission amendment law 2019, Neighborhood Safety Agency law 2019 and Domestic Staff Service Provider Registration law.

While speaking on the significance of the three other new laws, Governor Sanwo-Olu explained that the Domestic staff service provider law was particularly important in that it would enable the State to collate the data of all domestic staff in the State, assist residents in profiling the data of their domestic employees, thereby curbing some of the kidnapping and robbery perpetuated in homes by domestic staff.

“The Domestic staff service provider registration law is very novel and long overdue, people bring in people into their housethey don’t do background check, without knowing who they are, what they’ve done, it is important for us to know who we are bringing in” Sanwo-Olu maintained

Earlier while presenting the Appropriation Bill as passed by the Assembly to the Governor, The Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Mr Gbolahan Yishawu said the House thoroughly examined the Bill in the best interest of residents before passing it.

“By and large, the Budget is geared towards consolidating the gains of democracy in Lagos State” Yishau said

The erstwhile Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode had on the 5th of February this year presented an appropriation Bill of N852.316billion to the State Assembly.

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