Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu sent the 2017 state budget, totaling nearly N170b, to the State House of Assembly for approval on Tuesday.
A lawmaker in the House of Assembly confirmed this to SaharaReporters in a telephone chat, saying that the governor proposed a budget of N169,720,580,000 for 2017.
The legislator, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the budget was transmitted to the Assembly through a letter written by Mr. Akeredolu.
He disclosed that the budget was received on behalf of the Assembly members by the House Clerk, Bode Adeyelu.
"We received a letter from the governor transmitting the total sum of N169,720,580,000 to the Assembly,” the lawmaker said. “The details of the budget are still very much sketchy to me as I am speaking with you, but I am sure you will get the details before the end of the day.”
He stated that the House of Assembly members would deliberate on the budget before its passage into law.
The lawmaker added the budget would also be committed to the House of Assembly Chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Sunday Olajide.
“So, after its deliberations, the Assembly members will invite the heads of the ministries and department or agencies to defend the budgets before being passed into law,” he explained.
SaharaReporters gathered that Mr. Akeredolu turned down the formal presentation of his first budget before the Assembly and opted for its transmission to the lawmakers via a letter.