Kwara State lawmakers pass 2013 budget
By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
The Kwara State House of Assembly has passed this year's budget of 96.443 billion Naira for the 2013 fiscal year.
The budget was presented last December to the State House of Assemble by the State Governor,Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed.
'To boost infrastructure'
The 2013 budget is basically designed to boost social and physical infrastructure, accelerate agro-led wealth creation, provide job opportunities and generate cross-sector growth through a systematic focus on interlinked priority areas.
After the third reading and the final passage of the budget by the Clark, the Speaker of the state house, Mr Rasaq Atunwa, directed him to prepare a clean copy of the budget to the Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed for assent.
Mr Atunwa commended all the members for their hard work and speedy passage of the budget which he said was in the overall interest of the people of the State.
He urged all the executive arm of government in the Federation to make their budget presentation earlier in the overall interest of the people.
“Presentation of the budget by the end of the year has become a custom to all the various governments... There is the need for the budget to be implemented as early as possible each year.
“The task before the Assembly was not to pass budget alone, but to monitor the level of implementation of the money allocated to Zero level,” he noted.
The lawmaker stressed that all the Ministries and Parastatals had been tasked to improve on their internally Generated Revenue, to complement Government's effort.
Mr Atunwa urged all Kwara State indigenes to continue to support the present administration for it to be able to spread more dividends of democracy to all the nooks and crannies of the state.
The Chairman of the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mr Idris Sunaboro, promised to monitor the implementation by carrying out oversight functions not only on projects, but in all ramifications.