The Lagos State House of Assembly has approved N1.25 trillion as an amendment to the 2021 budget.
This is following a request brought to the House by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Naija News reports.
Sanwo-Olu had in September, 2021 requested the House to approve the amendment to this year’s Appropriation Law of N1.164 trillion passed by the lawmakers on December 29, 2020.
After the approval was given by a voice vote, the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, ordered the Clerk of the House, Olalekan Onafeko, to pass a clean copy of the report to the Governor for his assent.
Obasa had said the governor was requesting the House to authorise the reordering of N460.58 billion to N496.26 billion for the recurrent expenditure; and N702.93 billion to N759.59 billion for the capital expenditure.
During the deliberations leading to the passage of amended law, the Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, read the various sectoral allocations and announced the new appropriation law as N1,256,567,592,651 trillion.
Meanwhile, the Lagos Assembly on Tuesday agreed that law enforcement agents operating in the state needed to be trained always.
The lawmakers made their positions known as they read for a second time a bill for the creation of law enforcement training institute in the state.
Obasa, who presided over the sitting, described the bill as very important adding that the proposal should have the stipulations that would make it a good law.
He committed the bill to the House Committee on Judiciary to report in weeks.
Earlier during the debate on the bill, Hon. Victor Akande, chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and Public Petitions, said it was long overdue.
“Policing in Lagos State has a little lacuna. Thus we have to put up a centre for the training of our own to teach them the modern way of doing it,” he said.
On his part, Hon. Bisi Yusuff said the institute was necessary because “most of our law enforcement agents do not understand the job. When well implemented, the institute will help to remold the agents.”