The 2022 supplementary bill of #21b billion has passed through the Second Reading at the Ekiti State House of Assembly with the bill commited to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for further scrutiny.

The Assembly Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Hakeem Jamiu who presided at the plenary in Ado Ekiti, informed the lawmakers of the governor’s request to approve the supplementary budget.

The Supplementary bill has about #21billion as addition to the #100.7billion earlier approved by the lawmakers for the 2022 budget.

The motion for bill committal was moved by the Leader of Business, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan and seconded by Hon. Tajudeen Akingbolu.

Hon Aribisogan described the bill as money bill that needed quick attention.

Members at plenary agreed with his submission and passed the bill to Committee on Finance and Appropriation for clause to clause considerations.

The Committee had a mandate of one week to work on the bill and report back to the House.

Earlier, at the plenary, the Clerk of the House, Mr Tola Esan formally announced the demise of the Speaker, Rt.Hon. Funminiyi Afuye with a minute silence observed in his honour.

Rt Hon Afuye died last week after a brief illness at the State Teaching Hospital in Ado Ekiti.

The announcement led to the suspension of the House Standing Order 2 rule 10.

Order 2 rule 10 states, whenever a vacancy occured in the office of Speaker or Deputy Speaker during a session, the Clerk shall report same to the House at its next sitting and the House shall either forthwith, or at its next sitting, proceed to the election of a new Speaker or Deputy Speaker in the manner herein before provided.

Speaking at the plenary, the Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Hakeem Jamiu appealed to newsmen to be compassionate in their reports on issues concerning the House at this time.

He counselled journalists to always cross check their reports before publishing and not to by their reports deliberately add to the sorrow of the House.

The Deputy Speaker appealed to the public and newsmen to allow members mourn the demise of the Speaker in peace by desisting from spreading fake news about the Assembly.