Amosun promises full implementation of Ogun 2017 budget

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State

Governor Ibikunle Amosun has promised to achieve a 100 per cent implementation of the Ogun state’s 2017 budget, despite the economic recession.

Amosun who made the pledge while signing the budget bill into law at the governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, suggested that the House of Assembly fixes a day for the signing of the budget every year.

The ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Governor Yetunde Onanuga, the Speaker, Suraj Adekunmbi and other principal officers of the House of Assembly, the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, and the Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi.

Others at the ceremony were the Finance Commissioner, Adewale Osinowo, and Budget and Planning Commissioner, Adenrele Adesina.

Earlier, Ogun state’s 2017 N221.12 billion appropriation bill had been passed by the state House of Assembly with a reduction of N38.5 million from the estimates presented by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

The assembly in passing the bill, adjusted the recurrent expenditure of N102.8 billion to N91.43 billion, and N11.5 billion for consolidated revenue fund charges, pension and gratuities.

The capital expenditure is also reduced to N118.1 billion from the initial N118.3 billion.

Presenting the report on the bill to the house plenary, the Finance and Appropriation Committee chairman Olusola Bankole, listed the ministries, departments and agencies affected by the adjustment, as including the Office of the Auditor General, whose recurrent vote of N3 billion is reduced to N2.7 billion.

The Commerce and Industry ministry however has its recurrent vote of N300 million increased by N25 million, and the capital votes of the Justice Ministry increased by N50 million to N400 million.

The capital vote of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, increased by N250 million to N850 million, while that of the Abraham Adesanya ICT Polytechnic, Ijebu-Igbo increased from N60 million to N134 million, and its recurent expenditure by N150 million to N300 million.

The bill was finally passed by the House after the Speaker, Suraj Adekumbi called for its third reading.

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