By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Kwara State House of Assembly (KWHA) has approved N130.38billion as the new revised total budget size of the State as against the initial N157.8billion with a drop of N27.4billion, representing 17.4 per cent.
This is sequel to the report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation on the Year 2019 Revised Appropriation Bill presented to the House by the Chairman of the Committee Hon Ambali Olatunji Ibrahim.
The Committee arrived at the sum after perusing and scrutinizing the 2019 Budget of the Kwara State Government.
According to the Chairman of the Committee, the reduction of the budget size is necessary so as to enhance the state chances of benefitting maximally from the benefit derivable by the state from “The State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Program for Result (SFTAS)open to all states with high/appreciable Budget implementation/performance, accountability, transparency and sustainability of their Budgets”.
A breakdown shows that the total revenue estimate of the 2019 budget now stands at N130.38billion down from N157.8 billion, while the Approved Budget Surplus of N43.6billion was scaled down to N27.1 billion, a decrease of N16.4billion, representing 37.70 per cent.
On the Capital Receipts, the House revised the capital allocation to N57.12 billion as against N79.59billion, a decrease of N22.48billion.
However, considering the fact that there is little time left to the end of the year, a term loan of about N1.67billion was granted as against the initial N6.221billion proposed by the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdurazaq.
The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Yakubu Danladi Salihu, in his remarks commended the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for doing thorough work on the budget review.
Rt Hon Salihu directed the Clerk of the House, Hajia Halimah Kperogi to forward a clean copy to the state governor for assent.