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Senate passes 2024 FCT supplementary appropriation bill  of N98.5bn

The Senate on Tuesday at plenary passed the 2024 FCT Supplementary Appropriation Bill of N98.5 billion.

This, followed presentation and adoption of report of Committee on FCT by the Vice Chairman, Senator Osita Ngwu (Enugu West).

Ngwu, in his presentation said, in line with provision of 1999 Nigeria Constitution (as amended), the 2024 FCT statutory supplementary appropriation bill was read the first time on May 15.

He said following conclusion of the second reading on June 6, the bill was referred to the Committee on FCT for further legislative action.

Ngwu said in accordance with sections 62, 80, 88, 89 and 299 of the 1999 constitution (as amended), the committee meet with FCT minister and other relevant officials of FCT administration and deliberated on modalities to process the budget.

Ngwu said the FCT administration proposed the sum of N98.5billilon for the 2024 FCT statutory supplementary appropriation.

According to him, the proposed sum was to augment priority areas of the FCT statutory appropriation capital expenditure.

He said the committee recommended for approval the sum of N98.5 billion for 2024 FCT statutory supplementary appropriation.

Ngwu said in considering the budget, the committee worked harmoniously with House of Representatives to present one version of the appropriation bill for consideration of Senate.

“On behalf of the committee, I hereby present the recommendations for consideration and passage of the FCT statutory supplementary appropriation bill into law,”Ngwu said.

Highlights of the appropriation bill include allocation of N48.5billion for local engineering services, Education Secretariat, N18 billion, Department of Transportation N16 billion, while public building was earmarked N16 billion.

The Senate went into the Committee of Supply to consider the bill after which the President Godswill Akpabio the question for the passage of the bill and it was overwhelmingly supported.

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