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The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, on Friday signed into law the state 2022 Appropriation Bill of ₦147,282,196, 200.00 for the 2022 fiscal year.
In a statement which was made available to The Eastern Updates, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Onyebuchi Ememanka, explained the budget provides for a capital expenditure of ₦79, 779, 887.500 .00 while recurrent expenditure would gulp ₦67,502,318,700.
The Eastern Updates recalls that Governor Ikpeazu had on December 14, 2021, presented to the state House of Assembly an Appropriation Bill of ₦147,787,781,300.
Ikpeazu expressed gratitude to the Speaker and members of the Assembly for their display of patriotism in the expeditious review and passage of the Appropriation Bill.
He assured the Assembly and the entire people of Abia State that he would be relentless in the implementation of the budget to enhance the peace, order and welfare of the people of Abia State.
He tasked agencies of the state government with specific obligations in the budget to take their assignments very seriously.
In particular, he challenged revenue-earning agencies in the state to redouble their efforts and execute their mandates with greater transparency and a deeper sense of patriotism.
Meanwhile, Ikpeazu has insisted that the Southeast deserves to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023, reiterating that they understand Nigeria better than any other region and therefore has what it takes to fix it.
While addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the governor said Igbos can be found everywhere including Sambisa.
Ikpeazu, however, noted that the Southeast needs to negotiate and discuss with other regions of the country.
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