Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Monday, February 19, signed the 2018 budget of N103.5 billion into law.
During the signing of the document in Enugu, the governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to deliver good governance and harness the potential in the state.
Governor Ugwuanyi also expressed his commitment to ensuring the full and prompt implementation of the budget.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Edward Ubosi, had previously said that the legislators had after wide consultation and robust debate jerked up the budget estimate.
Ubosi said that the increase became necessary in order to accommodate the various road projects in the state that needed urgent attention.
He said that the budget was realistic and accommodated the pressing needs of the state.
The speaker said that the 2018 budget reduced external and internal borrowings of the state by 60 per cent and would not drag the state into any form of indebtedness.
Ubosi said that the gains of the 2018 budget had demonstrated that the State Board of Internal Revenue was up to its responsibilities.
“We are happy with the way the revenue board is working to reduce stress from the government but they should not put hardship on our people,” he said.
He commended the governor for the prudent management of the state’s resources.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the governor had on December 28, 2017, presented a budget estimate of N98.5 billion to the state assembly.
The budget was passed on February 12.
- Ugwuanyi reinstates 207 sacked executive assistants in Enugu
Meanwhile, the governor has reinstated 207 executive assistants in Enugu north senatorial district sacked last week over non performance and negligence of duty.
Ugwuanyi threaded with pity and announced the reinstatement of the 207 executive assistants with stern warning to all the EAs in the state to live up to expectations in their various duty post to avoid attracting the wrath government.
Their reinstatement was announced in a meeting he held with all the executive assistants on Sunday at the state government house in Enugu.
The governor charged the EAs to go to their various electoral wards and revalidate the ongoing voters registration exercise at the Independent national electoral commission ( INEC), adding that government would not hesitate to release it’s sledge hammer on anyone that reneges’ on his civic responsibility.