Soludo signs 2023 budget of N259bn into law, pledges motorable roads during Yuletide

Soludo signs 2023 budget of N259bn into law, pledges motorable roads during Yuletide

By Chimezie Anaso, Awka.

 

Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State on Tuesday signed the 2023 appropriation bill of N259 billion into law.

Soludo, while performing the ceremony at the Governor’s Lodge in Awka, said that the budget was premised on five pillars.

 

He listed the pillars as security, law and order; economic transformation; social agenda; human capital development/transformation of government works and environment.

 

Recall that Soludo, on Nov. 10, presented a proposed budget of N259 billion to the Anambra State House of Assembly for consideration.

 

The governor thanked the legislators, led by Speaker Uche Okafor, for their diligent and expeditious consideration of the proposed budget, which was approved and ready for signing, barely a month after its presentation.

 

Soludo said that his administration was ready to deliver quality governance to the people of Anambra, assuring that all the five policy thrusts in the budget would get equal and simultaneous attention.

 

“I want to thank the parliament for this productive partnership, especially the leadership, which ensures the expeditious scrutiny of the 2023 budget.

 

“This is the type of partnership we want, in order to build the Anambra of our dream.

 

“This is the ‘Budget of Acceleration’; one that, in spite of the challenges of insecurity and economic downturn, we are still pressing the accelerator.

 

“This budget prioritises five major areas of focus, as presented in my budget speech. We are now set to deliver for next year; with the budget in hand, let us get it done,” he said.

 

Besides, the governor said that he had met with local government chairmen on the condition of state roads, while making funds available for palliative works on them.

 

He said that this was to ensure that the roads were motorable during Christmas and New Year, while awaiting the completion of major construction works on state roads.

 

Soludo noted that the state faced unprecedented flooding this year, which washed off roads and bridges, but assured the citizens that major intervention was coming their way.

 

He said that Anambra government had spent about N2 billion on executing palliative works on federal roads in the state since his assumption of office.

 

“Our palliative is not just the normal palliative that will make it motorable for some days; the roads will be built to last, the quality is unprecedented, they will endure for a long time,” he said.

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