07 February 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N510billion passed by the State House of Assembly, into law.
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, Governor Wike assured that the budget will be implemented diligently.
Wike said that the Rivers State Government will 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.
“Your 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 the proper account is given for that of last year.
Presenting the bills for assent, Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martin Amaehwule said that the bills passed through a rigorous legislative process.
For his part, 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.