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Ebonyi: Umahi proposes N188.4b for 2019

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EBONYI State Governor, David Umahi, Tuesday, presented the 2019 Appropriation Bill of N188, 401, 913, 868 to the Ebonyi State House of Assembly and also assented the National Health Insurance Scheme Bill to address health needs of the state civil servants.

Presenting the bill at the Chamber’s of state House of Assembly, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Governor Umahi stated that the state executive council has painstakingly gone through the performance of the 2018 budget and expressed satisfaction with the level of performance and implementation.

Governor Umahi also disclosed that the 2018 budget witnessed a lot of bottlenecks which affected every sector of the state economy simultaneously, citing global instability occasioned by persistent incidence of terrorism and other challenges.

The 2019 budget according to governor  tagged ‘Budget of Divine Fulfilment’ has expenditure ratio between recurrent and capital expenditure of 22.1 percent to  the 77 percent with recurrent expenditure gulping N41.556b and capital of N49.068b

He said the 2019 budget which is lower than last year budget is expected to take care of recurrent expenditure and is expected to address all ongoing capital projects across the state.

Governor Umahi said the assent to the bill followed the passing of the bill by the state House of Assembly, adding that the law when fully implemented, is expected to address all health needs of the civil servants.

The Speaker of Ebonyi State House of,  Mr Francis Nwifuru earlier in his address, extolled the prudent management of all resources accruing to the state by Governor Umahi and maintained that it was the magic behind massive infrastructural development in the state.

“However despite the hard bite of economic challenges,  Ebonyi State has remained on the rise through robust and healthy management of resources by the state governor and discouraging profligacy in governance”.

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