The Bayelsa State 2022 appropriation bill of N310.717 billion on Wednesday, October 27, scaled second reading on the floor of the House of Assembly.
Governor Douye Diri had, last week laid the bill before the 24-member Assembly, which he christened ‘Budget of Sustainable Growth’ under the state’s 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).
During plenary on Wednesday, the bill was the only item on the legislature’s order paper when it reconvened at the Assembly Complex in Yenagoa.
The Leader of the House, Hon. Monday Obolo Bubou led the debate on the second reading of the bill and other lawmakers took turns to speak in favour of it.
Bayelsa Hon. Bubou said the bill is very important to the development of the state because it captures the obligations of government and the aspirations of the people.
The lawmaker urged his colleagues to support the second reading and described the appropriation bill as the single most vital bill before the House.
In their separate contributions, Tonye Isenah, Ebiuwou Koku-Obiyai, Bernard Kenebai, Salo Adikumo, Gibson Munalayefa, among others, noted that the budget would provide funds for the completion of ongoing infrastructural development projects across the state.
Bayelsa stated that the Diri administration had demonstrated focus and prudence in the implementation of the current 2021 appropriation law with over 80 per cent of allocated funds released to Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The legislators also expressed optimism that he would also do justice to the 2022 budget in order for the government to continually address the infrastructure deficit in the state.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere, who presided over the plenary, expressed satisfaction with the views of members and referred the budget to the House Committee on Appropriation.
“The committee is expected to report back to the House in two weeks’ time. We need not to pass the bill before the second week of December,” he said.