The twenty-twenty-three Bayelsa State Appropriation Bill estimate has passed through second reading on the floor of the House of Assembly.
Debating in favour of the Bill, Deputy Leader of the House, Retired Colonel. Bernard Kenebai said the Budget which is carefully and painstakingly prepared, captures critical sectors as it affects the aspirations of the people.
Retired Colonel Kenebai noted that the House had earlier considered the parameters of the budget under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), and especially, in the light of the receding floods, sectors such as food security, healthcare needs and security challenges, amongst others, have been properly addressed.
Also, Chief MitemaObordor representing Ogbia constituency one, said the budget when passed will address the rural urban drift as emphasis is being placed on the completion of the three senatorial roads.
Similarly, Mr. Tare Porri, representing Ekeremor constituency one described the budget as visionary document as it captures almost all the needs of the people
Contributing, Chief SaloAdikumo, Mr Marlon Moses, MrObokuOforji and Chief Douglas Sampson-Awudulu all commended the government for addressing key areas and for making provisions for reconstruction, especially in the light of the devastating flood.
The Bill was later committed to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation and to report back in three weeks.
In another development, the House has invited the Managing Director of the Bayelsa State International Airport, Dr. Abraham Apreseimokumo Alfred to appear before it on Tuesday, next week to explain his conduct undermining the position of a Lawmaker of the House at the airport.