Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has signed an estimated N145.8 billion 2022 budget into law.
This follows the earlier passage of the proposal by the Kogi State House of Assembly.
The governor also signed a law to repeal and reenact Kogi State Local Government Audit 2020 and other matters 2021.
Governor Bello in his remarks after signing the budget into law stressed that although the year 2021 came with a lot of challenges, all the budgetary effort would be geared towards accelerating results and consolidating on the achievements in the year 2021.
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The governor stressed that the government did not intend to emerge second position in the 2022 transparency ratings by reputable international and national financial bodies, promising that the resources of the state would be used entirely for the citizens.
He noted that his government would continue to stem out corruption to the barest minimum, while he assured that the government would be transparent in its financial dealings by showing a high level of probity and accountability.
In the area of economy, governor Bello noted that it would consolidate the administration’s infrastructural drive and also improve on security, because without security there can’t be any meaningful economic development in the state.
The governor appreciated all the respective law enforcement agencies and the citizens who had always responded positively when the need arises while he urged the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning to ensure adequate implementation of all the provisions of the budget.
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Governor Bello thanked the Speaker, the principal officers and all the State Assembly members for always attending to the administration’s request, promptly noting that in Kogi State all the arms of government were having an excellent and smooth working relationship.
He stated that their official relationship had transcended into a more personal relationship which allowed them to care for each other’s concerns, noting that such was the sought of relationship that should exist between the arms of government.
The governor urged each and every citizen to remain vigilant while they rendered adequate support for the security operatives to ensure that our respective communities were safe.
The speaker Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mathew Kolawole, while presenting the budget, said the 2022 budget was speedily and diligently passed by the House of Assembly, noting that they all worked
assiduously to ensure the passage of the financial appropriation within time.
He expressed gratitude to the Governor for his show of love to the State House of Assembly which has enhanced cooperation amongst the arms of government while he requested ascent to the financial management bill for the legislative and judicial arm.