Equally the House has not been found wanting in the performance of its cardinal function of passing Appropriation Bills into law to enable the executive arm of government embark on both Capital Projects and Recurrent Expenditure which would ,among other things, improve the quality of lives of the electorate, as members had always handled the passage of budget vigorously and with tenacity of purpose to make its implementation by the executive easier, hence the Speaker personally supervises budget defence by Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in 2016, to ensure that the 2016 budget model serves as template for the subsequent years.
The Speaker had in his opening remark at the 2016 budget defense, insisted vehemently that budget should be reality based by not unnecessarily bogus, adding that passing practicable budget determines the success or otherwise of any legislative arm of government.
Members equally during 2017 budget defense by MDAs raised critical questions inspite of the fact that all the 24 members belong to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)and sought for verifiable explanations, new proposals to reflect the aspirations of the State Governor of using agriculture to stimulate sustainable economic development, job and wealth creation and food security for the people and address the yearnings of the people of the State.
The Legislators were particularly dissatisfied with allocation of N133m to the agricultural sector, non inclusion of Owu f Fall road project, low allocation for payment of Bursary/Scholarship to indigent students of Kwara state in tertiary institutions across the country, Light Up Kwara project and unanimously resolved that allocation to agriculture sector be increased to N6.76m to enable peasant farmers have access to agric loan, tractor hiring scheme, fadama III project and other services that would boost food production in the State.
Apart from ensuring that for the first time communities initiated projects to be executed in their localities, the House ensured that Capital Expenditure takes the larger part of 2017 budget and resolved to be conducting oversight function quarterly for better appraisal and transform, the budget of hope into reality to enhance the wellbeing of the people of the state.