Ogun State House of Assembly has expressed concern over the failure of the state government, to release the approved capital votes in the 2017 budget, to most of the state’s ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
The house finance and appropriation committee, raised the concern, at the opening of the defence of the 2018 Appropriation Bill by the MDAs at the Assembly in Abeokuta.
The committee chairman, Olusola Bankole, demanded an assurance from the state government that most of the capital votes proposed in the 2018 budget bill will be implemented, if approved by the Assembly.
In this regard, Bankole asked all the MDAs to propose a realistic estimates in the 2018 budget bill, to enable them implement the capital projects in 2018, and avoid the repetition of unimplemented projects in the 2019 budget.
The budget and planning commissioner, Adesina Adenrele, represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Hazzan Adekunle, assured the committee that the state government is engaging foreign partners, including the World Bank, to source adequate fund to execute capital projects, in the proposed 2018 budget.