The N510Bn Rivers State 2018 budget has become law. This is as Governor Nyesom Wike said he has released the 2017 constituency capita funds to kick-start action in several localities, saying the 2018 package would soon be released.
Signing the budget in the presence of members of the Rivers State House of Assembly and the State Executive Council at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike assured that the budget would be implemented diligently.
He said that the Rivers State Government would fast track the implementation of the budget, which will lead to greater development of the state. ‘I commend the State Legislators for expediting the process that led to the passage of the 2018 budget. You passage of this budget means that we will expedite action on several areas of development. At present, we have already started work”.
The governor also called on members of the Rivers State House of Assembly to work with relevant agencies to implement their respective constituency projects.
He said that funds for the implementation of the 2017 constituency projects have been released , while that of 2018 will be released after proper account is given for that of last year.
The governor also signed the Keenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic Law No. 3 of 2018, Rivers State Waterways Law No. 4 of 2018 and Rivers State Local Government Law No. 5 of 2018.
Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi Ibani assured Governor Wike that the State Lawmakers are committed to the development of the state.
He described Governor Wike as a just leader who is working selflessly for the good people of the state.
Presenting the bills for assent, Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martin Amaehwule said that the bills passed through a rigorious legislative process.
Chairman, House Committee on Information, Sam Ogeh noted that the public hearings and budget defence sessions ensured that the people participated in the budget process.