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Fashola Signs Re-ordered 2014 Appropriation Bill into Law

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola has assented to a bill aimed at reordering the state’s 2014 budget.

Signing the bill at the Conference Room, State House, Alausa, Fashola said the current health and security challenges, as well as the reversal in school fees at the Lagos State University (LASU), necessitated the adjustment in the budget.

The adjustment totalling N11.66 billion did not in any way affect the initial size of the 2014 budget, which still remains N489 billion.

According to the governor, the ordering was also necessitated to cater for “some hazard allowances and those types of things for people who do hazardous works and lately the unplanned but now compelling need to improve capacity to overcome the challenge of the imported Ebola virus”.

Explaining the effect of the reordering, Commissioner for Finance, Ayo Gbeleyi, said the difference was between the capital and recurrent expenditure, however noting that the change was not really significant.

Gbeleyi said: “In this regard, we have a total of N11.66 billion of our budget reordered. This is made up of N7.2 billion reordered into recurrent expenditure and N4.46 billion into capital expenditure, so it’s just a slight reduction of one per cent in favour of recurrent expenditure.

“It would be recalled that Fashola, had two weeks ago, written to state House of Assembly to request for a re-ordering of the 2014 budget to address some exigent and pressing issues in the state.

“The budget re-ordering, according to the governor, was necessary to meet demands for more public services, which are “sufficiently compelling and cannot wait until 2015”.

Justice Funmilayo Atilade was on Wednesday sworn in as the 15th Chief Judge of Lagos, by the Lagos Governor, Babatunde Fashola. Atilade, 62, who took her oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony at Alausa, Ikeja, is the fifth woman to serve in that capacity.

She succeeded her sister, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, who retired on July 26, after attaining the statutory retirement age of 65.

Speaking at the ceremony, Fashola urged the new Chief Judge to adhere strictly to the rule of law in the discharge of her duty.

The governor noted that the retired Chief Judge, Philips, kept her promises by reforming the state judiciary during her tenure in office, paving way for the e-filing system, which is the first in Nigeria.

Earlier, while presenting the then Chief Judge designate for the oath of office, Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, said Atilade came strongly recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) hence was enthusiastically appointed by the governor.

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