Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday presented N187.5billion Revised Budget Estimate to the state’s House of Assembly for consideration and passage.
While addressing the House, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Salihu Danladi read before his colleagues during the plenary.
According to him, Governor Abdulrazaq said the revised appropriation would be placed on ongoing capital projects and consistent payment of the new minimum wage across the board.
He noted that the revised estimate represents a shortfall of N2.08billion of 1.1 percent from the approved 2022 budget of N189.6billion.
The Governor submitted that 52.34 percent of the revised budget would go for recurrent while capital expenditure will gulp the remaining 47.66 percent
He explained that the recurrent peaked partly to accommodate the rise in personnel costs such as the full implementation of the minimum wage in the mainstream civil service, agencies, and state government parastatals, including the Colleges of Education and other overhead items.
Mr Danladi, therefore, referred the Revised Budget Estimate to House Committee on Appropriation for further legislative action
In another development, the House urged Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to direct the Ministry of Communications to embark on sensitization against the illegal dumping of refuse to prevent disaster and diseases.
This followed a Matter of General Public Importance raised by Deputy Speaker, Raphael Adetiba, representing the Oke-Ero Constituency.
Meanwhile, Danladi while reading the resolutions of the House advocated for strict punishment of violators of laws to serve as deterrents to others.