Saturday 31 October 2020
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Bayelsa: Gov Dickson Signs N170.597bn 2016 Budget

Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, at the weekend signed the 2016 Appropriation Bill of N170.597billion into law.
He also signed the Child Rights Bill into law.
The state House of Assembly under the speakership of Konbowei Benson passed the budget last week, jerking it up by over N20billion.
Dickson had on 15 January presented to the House for consideration a budget proposal of N150.645billion for the 2016 fiscal year which he christened “Budget of Transition”.
A breakdown of the N170.597 billion he signed into law at the weekend in Government House,Yenagoa, showed that personnel cost would gulp N50.457billion.
Others include overhead cost N23.056billion, consolidated revenue fund charges N61.849billion and capital expenditure N35.99billion.
Assenting to the two Bills, Dickson expressed the hope that the country’s economic situation would improve so that the government could make projections in its budgeting provisions.
He commended workers in the state for their patience and understanding over their outstanding four months’ salaries, saying that the government had been meeting with labour leaders on ways to resolving the problem.
He expressed delight that the Child Rights Bill would offer protection for children of the state, warning that henceforth anyone caught violating the rights of children would be prosecuted according to the provisions of the law.
The governor lauded the lawmakers for their hard work in considering the Bill and embedding enforcement component in the document, expressing the hope that with the law in place the rate of child abuse would be minimized.
Presenting the Bills to Dickson, the speaker of the House, Konbowei Benson, explained that the Child Rights Bill was sent to the House on March 2 this year and was passed on April 28.
He said that the Child Rights Bill had earlier been presented to the House in 2004 and 2007, and was passed on the two occasions but was not signed into law.

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