by Stanley Azuakola
The Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola wants more money. Even though the state House of Assembly had approved over N430 billion in the year 2012 budget which was signed into law, the governor wants an amendment to the Year 2012 Budget Appropriation, to allow the government access extra N30billion.
Fashola sent a supplementary budget, contained in a letter to the legislative house. The letter was read by the clerk of the House, Mr. Segun Abiru at the plenary session, yesterday. The House had just resumed from a six week break.
According to a Vanguard report:
The state Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze requested for the amendment to the Year 2012 Budget Appropriation. Akabueze requested for the amendment to access N30billion facility provided for in the budget due to the non-inclusion of the facility in the Year 2012 foreign borrowing plan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Commissioner further explained in the letter that, approval of the request by the House of Assembly would prevent disruption of the infrastructure delivery programme of the state government.