Gov.Fashola signs N499.105bn 2013 budget into law

LAGOS—Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State yesterday signed the 2013 appropriation bill of N499.105 billion into law, just as he charged Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to strengthen their Internal Generated Revenue, IGR strategies.

The budget figure which showed an increase of N1.828 billion from the amount presented by Fashola to the State House of Assembly on October 31th, 2012.

It will be recalled that the governor presented a budget proposal of N497.277 billion to the State House of Assembly for the 2013 fiscal year.

Fashola who gave his assent to the budget tagged ‘`Budget of Poverty Eradication and Economic Growth, ” at the State House, Alausa, Ikeja, added that the budget could only be achieved when the state government earns the required revenue within the fiscal year.

According to him, “It is not how quickly the budget is passed or assented to that matters, but what is important to this administration is how rigorously the budget is implemented for the development of the state, especially to improve the standard of living of residents of Lagos state.”

“And all these cannot be achieved without the energy and commitment of the men and women in the State Civil Service. So it is time for the civil servants to lace up their shoes and set for work.”

Fashola emphasised that the budget would commence operation immediately after the New Year holiday.

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