By Barnabas Augustine
The Adamawa state Executive Council in its Extra Ordinary meeting, Friday, approved One Hundred and Forty Billion, Thirty Four Million, Four Hundred and Nine Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty Naira (140,034,409,440.00) as the proposed appropriation bill and budget for 2021 fiscal year.
The meeting which was presided by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has approved the proposed budget in line with the 2021 to 2023 Medium Term Framework Fiscal Strategy Paper the EXCO earlier approved.
Briefing news men after the fifteen EXCO meeting for the year 2020, the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Dr. Umar Garba Pella stated that the proposed budget is expected to be presented on the floor of the State Assembly by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Monday 23rd November 2020.
Dr Umar Garba Pella further disclosed that the contract sum of Ninety Million, Four Hundred and Seventy One Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty Nine Naira, Fourty Eight Kobo (90,471,389,048) was approved for the post contract consultancy for the monitoring and supervision of the grade interchange at the police roundabout in line with global best practice to Mssrs Fahyl concerns limited
He also revealed that the sum of Seventy Eight Million, Two Hundred and Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety Three Naira, Thirty Four Kobo (78,209,993,34) was approved to the same Messrs Fahyl concerns limited for the supervision of the ongoing flyover construction at the total filling station junction.
He stated that due process was followed, as certificate of no objection was obtained and due diligence was carried out.
Furthermore, he revealed that the approvals were made Inline with the appropriation ethics and is expected to consolidate the gains of 2020 in the state
The spokesman of the council restated the commitment of the fintiri led administration in ensuring that dividends of democracy are stepped down to all nooks and crannies of the state
In his contribution, the Commissioner for Finance Dr Ishaya Dabari emphasized that the 2021 proposed budget is not so different from the 2020 budget as the council worked to present a realistic budget.
The Finance Commissioner pointed out that the Impact of Covid 19 is still visible as it has affected revenue generation in the state, revealed that the present administration is poised towards ensuring that salaries are paid and projects are executed despite the challenges.
The Commissioner for Works and Energy Development Adamu Atiku Abubakar who also spoke said that the need to hire specialized consultants for the monitoring and supervision of two flyover being the first in the north east became imperative to ensure specifications are duly followed
He further expressed satisfaction with the pace and quality of ongoing constructions in the state, noted that in just five months an appreciable percentage has been achieved.