The Rivers House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging the state governor, Siminialaye Fubara, to re-present the 2024 budget and the medium term expenditure framework for consideration.
This followed the adoption of a motion by the Speaker of the House, Martin Amaewhu, during the 90th plenary of the House at the legislators’ quarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
Presenting the motion, Amaewhu said it was worrisome that the House had yet to receive the budget and the expenditure framework from the executive.
He said Fubara must present them for approval in line with the 1999 Constitution.
Governor Fubara had, on December 13, 2023, presented a budget of N800 billion for 2024 to a five-man House of Assembly for approval.
He presented the budget after the Rivers State Government demolished the Assembly complex in Port Harcourt.
The governor also signed the budget into law on December 14, barely 24 hours after it was presented to the lawmakers.
However, under the peace accord facilitated by President Bola Tinubu, Fubara was expected to re-present the budget as part of the conditions to end the political crisis in the state.