By Joy Odor
Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has signed the 2022 appropriation bill into law, with a total outlay of N110bn.
Engineer Sule signed the document in a ceremony shortly after the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, presented the document before the governor, at the Government House, on Wednesday.
According to the governor, with the signing of the 2022 budget into law, it’s time officials of government face reality, stressing that whatever his administration seeks to achieve, it must be achieved in year 2022.
Engineer Sule therefore appealed to both elected and appointed political office holders, to gear up for work, adding that through recent appointments, he s administration brought onboard people with the capacity to drive the state civil service to get the state to the desired destination.
He cautioned ministries, departments and agencies against foot dragging, as according to him, the Exceeding All Expectations mantra of his administration, is not merely for campaign purposes but performance based.
The governor expressed desire for the administration to surpass last year’s 64 percent budget performance, setting the targeted performance for the 2022 budget at between 80-90 percent.
Engineer Sule said that explained why the 2022 appropriation bill was reviewed three times by the state House of Assembly, with a view to arriving at a realistic estimate that will allow for improving on last year’s budget performance.
” I want to pray that we form the teams that can take it from here, to have a budget performance beyond 64 percent. Our target is to see that we have 80-90 percent performance. If we can do that, then it means we are on the right track,” he stated.
While noting that the state is lucky to commence the new year with a favourable balance sheet, the governor announced that the ground breaking ceremony for the Idadu/Agbashi road is billed to take place on Friday.
He used the opportunity to thank particularly the speaker and members of the state House of Assembly, for consentiously working hard to pass the 2022 appropriation bill into law in record time, despite the late submission before the assembly.
The governor equally thanked all government officials involved in the process of the passage of the budget document into law, as well as traditional rulers for their continued support.
Presenting the 2022 appropriation bill before the governor for signing, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, appreciated members of the assembly, especially members of the Finance and Appropriation Committee, who sacrificed their weekends, to see to the quick passage of the budget.
Rt. Hon Abdullahi equally appreciated heads of MDAs for their cooperation and understanding, which saw to the speedy passage of the document into law.