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Anambra may hit 80% budget performance for 2020 – Emeneka

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ANAMBRA State House of Assembly has announced the commencement of budget bilateral discussions with ministries, departments, parastatals and agencies of government on Monday, November 9, 2020, at the state Assembly Complex, Awka.

  Chairman of the committee on Finance and Appropriation and member, representing Anambra-East State Constituency, Obinna Chris Emeneka made the disclosure.

Emeneka, who stressed that the budget bilateral defense was an integral part of the budget process, maintained that all the MDAs must appear before the House of Assembly Committees to explain the contents of their budget estimates in the 2021 Appropriation Bill.

Cognisant of the culture of lateness and lack of respect for punctuality, the lawmaker admonished representatives of the MDAs to stick to time to enable lawmakers carry out their constitutional assignments to accelerate passage of the budget.

Emeneka said, ” the time table for the 2021 budget estimate is out and the budget bilateral defense will commence on the 9th of November, 2020. That is Monday.

” It is mandatory that all the representatives of the ministries, departments and agencies should attend and defend what they have proposed and presented to this honourable House.

“ We have an unhealthy culture in this country of people not keeping to time when they are invited for a business that is very serious. It is expected that people should come at the stipulated time so that others can also appear before the various committees of the House of Assembly to defend theirs.”

The Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Appropriation also noted that in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the recent ENDSARS nationwide protests, Anambra State may hit 80% performance in the 2020 budget implementation by December this year.

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