Parliament regularises $7 million supplementary budget

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Hurry Kuma Minister of Finance and Tresury

By EDDIE OSIFELO

PARLIAMENT passed the 2018 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2019 yesterday to regularise the $7 million used by the government on services until December last year.

This is in accordance with section 50 and section 60 of the Public Finance and Management Act 2013, through contingency warrants and advance warrants.

Minister of Finance and Treasury, Harry Kuma said from $7 million, $6 million was spent on contingency warrants and $1 million on advance warrants.

Kuma said from the $6 million contingency warrants, $905,000 was spent on National Parliament to cater for telephone bills and allowance for Members of Parliament during the Parliament sittings in late 2018.

He said $4.5 million was spent on Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services to cater for omission and objection period in preparation for the 2019 National General Elections.

Further to that, Kuma said $605, 102 was spent on Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology to purchase the delivery of food relief for communities affected by tropical cyclone Liua in Makira Ulawa and Isabel Province.

For the $1 million advance warrants, Kuma said it was spent on Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development.

He said it was a budget support funded by Australia Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and External Trade especially for secondary school infrastructure projects such as building of classrooms and dormitories.

In the meantime, Parliament will also regularise the one hundred and forty five million, two hundred and fifty one thousand and thirty three dollars ($145, 251, 033) in this sitting.