The Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, on Tuesday defied all the obstacles put on his way by agents of those in Abuja and the Rivers State police as he present the state’s 2014 budget proposal of N485.524bn to State House of Assembly at the old auditorium within the Government House in Port Harcourt.
The group of six lawmakers, led by Patience Jonathan’s former domestic staff, Evans Bipi, was absent from the event, which was presided over by the authentic Speaker, Rt Hon. Otelemaba Amachree.
Bipi had been parading himself as the Speaker until last December when he was restrained by the state High Court which was due to continue hearing on Monday before its premises was rocked by explosion.
Below is how Amaechi’s budget presentation played out…
The governor and his entourage, which comprised mostly commissioners and advisers, were admitted into the auditorium after the motion was unanimously passed.
Gov Amaechi, who apparently relied on last month’s judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja voiding the resolution of the National Assembly to take over the functions of the state legislature, said the 2014 budget estimate was N4.79 billion (0.98%) lower than the 2013 budget, which was N490.32 billion.
A breakdown of the budget, which Amaechi said would focus on the completion of ongoing projects in about eight key sectors, showed that a total of N247.573 billion was allocated for capital expenditure while N237.950 would be for recurrent expenditure.
In his address, Amaechi: “Rt. Honourable Speaker, with due consultations with relevant stakeholders within and outside the public service, we are proposing an aggregate Budget of N485.524bn for the year 2014.
“The focus of the budget will be on completing ongoing projects in Health, Education, Roads, Transport, power, Water and Agriculture and other critical infrastructure. Capital and Recurrent provisions are N247.573 billion and N237.950 billion, respectively.
The Speaker assured of their continuous corporation with the Governor in the interest of Rivers State.