2017 Budget: Oyo Govt. Determined To Be Self Reliant

 2017 Budget Analysis- Oyo State To Be Self ReliantThe Oyo state government has put in place an effective implementation strategy to ensure speedy and efficient performance of the 2017 budget which is believed to be self-reliant and less dependent on federal allocations.

The State Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr Abimbola Adekanbi, stated this while presenting an analysis of the 2017 budget proposal at the House Of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan.

Mr Adekanbi said as soon as the state House Of Assembly passed the Appropriation Bill into law, the Ministry Of Finance and Budget would employ administrative monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the budget.

The commissioner noted that there would be harmonisation among relevant units of ministries, departments and agencies of the state on the budget, which would also involve external supervisors and consultants.

According to him, such measures are to ensure effective and efficient performance of the 2017 budget when eventually passed into law.

While breaking down the proposed budget, Mr Adekanbi said ”an average of four billion Naira monthly, had been proposed by the board of internal revenue, while expectation from federation account was projected at an average of 4.9 billion Naira.”

He added that “20 ministries, departments and agencies were listed as the topmost revenue generating avenues for the state government with the state Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development coming first with an estimated revenue of 40 Billion Naira”.

Meanwhile, the state owned Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo state (BCOS), is expected to generate about 350 million Naira as the State Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP) is expected to rake in the least amount of 160 Million Naira in 2017.

The breakdown analysis of the budget proposal revealed that about 15 billion Naira would be expended on road networks in the state both for ongoing and new constructions, while the education sector would gulp about 4.8 Billion Naira for rehabilitation of schools, completion of model schools and establishment of a technology incubation center.

Furthermore, “trade and investments in the 2017 fiscal year will gulp about 341 million Naira for the construction of Neighborhood market, revitalization of the state Cooperative college and other trade related activities.

”Agriculture in the 2017 fiscal year will receive about three Billion Naira for the Agricultural Development Intervention to ensure food sustenance of the state.

“The Health sector will gulp about 2.8 billion Naira for the completion of the on-going renovation of the Ring road state Hospital Ibadan, quarterly procurement of essential drugs and surgical consumables as well as other health related projects” the Finance Commissioner stated.

The total sum of 2.4 billion Naira was also earmarked for lands Housing and Urban development as well as the re-opening of existing and new GRAs coupled with land acquisition and payment of compensation to those whose property were affected.

The budget analysis provided opportunity for interaction between the state government and economic stakeholders in the state, especially market women and labour leaders who are expected to be part of the sources for revenue generation.

Oyo Governor Proposes 188.9b Naira Budget For 2014

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has presented a 188.9 billion Naira (about 1.2 billion dollars) budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year before the state House of Assembly, expressing his commitment to the eradication of poverty through people-oriented programmes.  

While making the presentation of the budget tagged “Budget of Consolidation,” the governor said that the proposal was guided by his administration’s desire to consolidate on its achievements, in order to restore, transform and reposition the state to its former pacesetter status very soon.

In the 2014 proposed budget, the sum of 96.041 billion Naira, representing 50.9 per cent, is allocated to recurrent expenditure, while capital expenditure would gulp 92.8 billion Naira, representing 49.1 per cent of the budget.

Allocations to different sectors are; 36.2 billion Naira to the economy, representing 39.01 per cent; Social Services 25.7 billion Naira, 27.67 per cent; Urban Regional Development 17.7 billion Naira, representing, 19.12 per cent and General Administration 13.2 billion Naira.

“The budget would focus on sectors like education, health, water and infrastructure. The aggregate percentage of 82.25 per cent of the total budget allocated to the economic, physical infrastructure and social services sector underscore my administration’s determination to pursue a people-centred, empowerment-focused agenda,” Governor Ajimobi said.

In her response, the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Monsurat Sunmonu, lauded Gov Ajimobi for the attainment of a peaceful society where lasting infrastructure is being provided.

However, she stressed the need for the government to put more resources into developing educational institutions and the health sector in the state.