The Kwara State House of Assembly yesterday passed the 2019 budget of one hundred and fifty-seven billion, eight hundred and two million, thirty-two thousand, five hundred and sixty-one naira into law. This is zero point one-nine per cent higher than the figure presented by the governor, Alhaji Abdul Fatah Ahmed, to the House on Thursday, the sixth of December 2018.
The capital expenditure of the 2019 budget is now seventy-nine point five-nine billion naira representing fifty point four-four per cent of the total budget while the recurrent expenditure is now seventy-one point one-four billion naira representing forty-nine point five-six per cent of the total budget.
As required law, the sum of one-point-two billion naira was allocated as one per cent of the state Consolidated Revenue Fund to the State Health Insurance Scheme. The measure will ensure accessibility of residents to qualitative healthcare delivery.
Speaking after the passage of the budget, the speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad, while directing the clerk of the House, Hajia Halimat Jumai Kperogi, to prepare a clean copy for the governor’s assent, praised members and staff for providing the platform in moving the state forward. He, however, expressed displeasure of non-funding of the audit unit by the state government.