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Umahi presents N122.8b appropriation bill to Ebonyi Assembly

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EBONYI State Governor, David Umahi, on Tuesday, presented 2021 appropriation bill of N122,852,045,22.49 to Ebonyi State House of Assembly.

  The budget was tagged “Budget of Stabilisation and Consolidation in a Recession”.

  However, the sum of N55.2 billions stood as the difference in 2020 initial budget of N178.136 billion.

  Umahi said: “our major revenue is expected to come from Federation Account estimated at about N52bn or 42.33% of the budget. Other revenue heads like IGR, sales of international market stores, land proceeds, sales of malls, other receipts, etc will account for the balance of N57.994bn or 47.53% of total budget. We are projecting to increase our IGR from projected N10,569,074,353.56 in 2020 budget to N12,858,297,657.83 or 10.47% of our total expected revenue”.

  “In 2020, our projected actual revenue receipts by Dec, 31st 2020 is N122,138,799,059.13, which is 92.53% performance. We are therefore staying on side of what is possible by our 2021 budget of N122,852,045,222.49 which is just 0.6% higher than our projected 2020 budget performance”.

  In the budget breakdown, Human Capital Development and Empowerment will gulp N3,259,779,838.94 or 2.65% of the total budget. The amount was intended to deploy N3bn as ENDSARS empowerment programme for youths and women.

  The Ministry of Health and health related programmes, according to the governor, will gulp the sum of N18,706,279,929.28bn, accounting for 15.23% of the total budget.

  “In 2021, we intend to complete the EBSU Medical School and deploy the school. We will complete the 14 general hospitals.”

  “The issue of COVID-19 programme will be pursued vigorously especially with the ugly trend of likely second wave showing up.     We will partner with FGN for the vaccination of our people against COVID-19 in 2021. We will step up the health of our citizens to the next level”, Umahi said.

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