By David Uka, Abakaliki 

Ebonyi State governor Chief David Umahi has presented  the 2020  appropriation bill of N178.136bn  to the State House of Assembly.

The appropriation bill which is tagged“Budget of Growth, Consolidation and Transformation”  has a total of N46.080bn as for recurrent expenditure while capital expenditure will gulp N132.056bn representing 74.13 and 25.87 percentage respectively.

The budget placed a priority on critical on-going projects across the State.

He said spending on a Capital budget has been prioritized in favour of critical on-going projects across the state.

He also said that he would prioritize funding on the minimum wage and also introduce incentive –based programmes to motivate and reward civil servants especially teachers.

A look at the budget estimates shows that  Works and Infrastructure will receive a total of Fifty Four Billion, One Hundred and Twenty Five Million and Eighty-Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixty-Eight Naira, Forty-Eight Kobo (N54,125,083,468.48) or 30.38 per cent of the total budget sum.

“Education will receive a total of Twenty Seven Billion, and Ninety-Seven Million, Two Hundred and Sixty Two Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty-Eight Naira Sixty Nine Kobo (N27,097,262,388.69) or 15.21 per cent of the total budget sum.

“Similarly, Health will receive a total of Fifteen Billion, Four Hundred and Sixty-Six Million, Five Hundred and Forty-One Thousand Six Hundred and Three Naira Eighty-Five Kobo (N15,466,541,603.85) or 8.68% of the total budget.

“Human Capital Development and Commerce and Industry will jointly receive the sum of Eight Billion and Sixteen Million, Eighty-Eight Thousand Three Hundred and Twenty Four Naira Seventy (N 8,016,088,324.70) or 4.50 per cent of the total sum. Agriculture will receive Three Billion, Seven Hundred and Sixty Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Forty-Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ten Naira Sixty Five (N3,769,742,710.65) or 2.13 per cent of the budget.

“Security will receive Two Billion, Six Hundred and Seventy-five Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N 2,675,500,000) or 1.5 per cent of the budget sum, making a total of One Hundred and Eleven Billion, One Hundred and Fifty Million, Two Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Four Hundred and Ninety-Six Naira Thirty-Seven Kobo (N 111,150,218,496.37) or 62.40 per cent of the budget sum allocated to the 6 critical sub-sectors.

The governor who reiterated the commitment of his administration to construct eight more flyovers said that some work hard already commenced on some of them.

“We shall construct more flyovers in major junctions including Waterworks, Vanco, Onueke, Amasiri, Uburu and Nkalagu junctions”.
He expressed hope that the 2020 budget estimate “will lift the economic development index of the state, consolidate on the gains of infrastructure and Human Capital Development and bring greater accomplishments in the transformation of this State.

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