By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State Friday night assented the state 2020 appropriation bill of N202 billion into law as passed by the State House of Assembly.
Tambuwal while signing into law the appropriation bill , commended the state assembly members which majority are of the opposition All Progressives Congress(APC) for the show of patriotism as well unflinching commitment to course of the state and the collective good of its people.
He noted that, the assembly despite being controlled by the All Progressives Congress(APC) which is in the majority has rallied round the government and supported it in the interest of serving the people of the state,” the governor noted.
According to Tambuwal ” this gesture shall not be misplaced,” acknowledging that “members of SOHA must be commended for their uncommon patriotism to deliver democratic dividends to the people of Sokoto state. That is the crux of our commitment which supersede party affiliations.”
The governor also expressed appreciation to the state lawmakers, applauding them for dedicating their time to the speedy consideration and passage of the bill within three weeks which is in line with the World Bank benchmark.
“The ball is now in the court of the executive to ensure proper implementation of the budget. We will work closely with the parliament in doing so,” he further assured.
Presenting the appropriation bill to the governor, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aminu Muhammad Achida, noted that the Assembly was aware of the achievements of the administration despite financial constraints.
According Achida, ” the 2019 budget implementation has impacted on people of the state a lot in the areas of education, health and rural development as well as many others.
“We will continue to accelerate the passage of any bill that is meant to improve the lots of the people of the state,” explained the Speaker who said that the Assembly approved the budget during its sitting number 122.
He further commended the executive for its record achievement in the modest improvement of the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The Speaker affirmed that the 2020 budget of N202 billion presented to the assembly by the executive earlier in the month has been approved in totality.