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LAGOS ASSEMBLY APPROVES AMBODE'S 2016 BUDGET

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday, December 31,  passed into law the N662.588bn Year 2016 Appropriation Bill presented by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday, December 17, 2015. 
The Appropriation Bill, tagged “The Peoples Budget,” is the highest in the history of the state and it was an improvement on the N489.69bn appropriated for year 2014 and 2015 respectively.
The House unanimously approved the budget after members deliberated on the report of the House Committee on Budget which scrutinized the bill as proposed by Ambode two weeks ago.
The report was presented by Chairman of the House Committee on Budget, Hon. Rotimi Olowo on behalf of members of the committee.
Responding, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, commended members of the committee for expeditiously working on the budget to ensure its passage before the new fiscal year.
Obasa recalled that members of the committee worked even on holidays, adding that they had indeed shown their love for the people of the state.
Governor Ambode had, while presenting the budget, put the Recurrent Expenditure at N278,909bn while Capital Expenditure stood at N383,678bn, explaining that the Capital to Recurrent ratio is 58:42 as against 51:49 in 2014 and 2015.
He also put the total revenue estimate for 2016 fiscal year at N542.873Billion saying the balance of N119.714billion would be funded through deficit financing constituting 0.41 percent of the state GDP based on 2016 budget alone and a cumulative debt to GDP ratio of about 3 percent.