Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Wednesday approved N1.7 billon for CCTV cameras just as they passed the 2019 appropriation bill of N672, 984,760,760 into law.
This represents an increase of over N2bn from the figure presented by the governor, Udom Emanuel, to the House which stood at N670.72bn
The passage came as the House also on Wednesday, passed a resolution authorising the state government to obtain a loan facility for the procurement of Close Circuit Television Cameras, CCTV, for Uyo metropolis.
Speaking after passing the appropriation bill, peaker of the House, Onofiok Luke, said the sum of N97.3bn was earmarked for recurrent expenditure, N447.9bn for capital while the consolidated revenue fund charges stood at 127,6bn.
He repressed appreciation to members of the appropriation and finance committee for their commitment and support which led to the quick passage of the bill.
He added that the billed which went through various stages before its eventual passage was tailored to meet salient agenda of government.
“We tailored the bill to meet salient socio-economic agenda of government and of particular interest to us were infrastructure development, job creation and revenue generation.
“And to keep the budget in sync with current needs, and having considered the opinions of Akwa Ibom people and stakeholders, we decided to increase the total budget outlay by a little over N2 billion, to bring the 2019 estimates to N672,984,760,760.
“It must be emphasised that what we have approved estimates from the wishes of stakeholders who considered the parameters for the 2019 proposals during the public hearing on the budget.
“These expert inputs inspired need-based augmentations especially in the social sector while savings were made as necessary.
“Our overall objective was to see to it that priority was given to areas of immediate importance to the people while we pursue the larger goal of full-scale industrialization.
The resolution of the CCTV cameras followed a letter from the state to the House seeking their approval of a facility of the tune of N1.728bn for the Uyo metropolis.
In his submission while deliberating on the matter, the member representing Oruk-Anam constituency, Udo Kierein, said it was imperative of the House as a representative organ to support Governor Udom Emmanuel's initiative to secure Akwa Ibom State for
investment to thrive.
“The governor's request is straightforward and it is based on security. We all know that before an investor takes a decision to invest, he must consider security. It is therefore important that as representatives of the people, that we support the governor's initiative for investment to thrive in our state” he said.
The member representing Ibesikpo Asutan, Aniekan Uko and member representing Nsit-Antai constituency, Mark Esset, stressed the need for the House to support the governor's plan to secure the sate for investments.