Abia Assembly Passes 2014 Appropriation Bill Of N115.4bn

The Abia State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the 2014 Appropriation Bill of N115.4 billion into law.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Theodore Orji, on Dec. 30, 2013 presented a budget estimate of N149.6 billion to the house.

The house, however, slashed budget by N34.2 billion before passing it into law. No reason was given for the reduction.

The Speaker, Chief Ude Okochukwu, who spoke after the passage, said the budget would ensure completion of all the ongoing projects.

Okochukwu urged all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to adhere strictly to the provisions of the budget christened “Budget of Legacy Consolidation’’.

Meanwhile, the house has called on the Federal Ministry of Works and Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to find a lasting solution to the dilapidated Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Road.

It also charged the state Ministry of Works to intervene and recover the failed portions of the Okwe-Ekebedi and Ariam-Elu-Elu axis of the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Road.

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