Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Thursday presented fiscal Appropriation Bill of N703.028billion to the State House of Assembly, with N415.66billion earmarked as capital expenditure.
Abiodun stated that recurrent expenditure stood at N287.37 billion for the fiscal year.
The Appropriation Bill, christened “Budget of Sustained Growth and Development ”, also has N95.05 billion as personnel cost, with N105.88 billion earmarked for overhead expenses; just as N59.09 billion is for public debt charge.
” The revenue composition includes Ogun State Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS) with an estimate of N100.81 billion and other Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) estimated at N139.73 billion totaling N240.54 billion.
Abiodun added that capital receipt, which included internal and external loans, as well as grants and aids, were projected at N240.24 billion.
He further explained that infrastructure would gulp N209.122 billion , representing 30 per cent of the budget.
The governor stated that education would gulp N109.219billion, representing 16 per cent; health sector got N81.185 billion, representing 12 per cent while N28.886billion, representing four per cent, was earmarked for housing and community development.
He added that agriculture and industry, would gulp N14.213billion , representing 2 per cent, while N22.872billion, representing three per cent, was earmarked for recreation and culture.
Abiodun explained that in 2024, the state government would continue to accord priority attention to
completion of all ongoing projects,
projects with revenue potentials and projects that could enhance employment generation.
” Education remains the bedrock of any nation. As such, we are committed to revitalising the Education Sector.
“As a strategic move, we shall be having an Education Summit in the first quarter of the new year where numerous challenges facing the sector will be considered with a view to repositioning the quality of education in the Ogun State.
“The 2024 budget proposal is the fifth prepared by this Administration. It reflects the serious challenges currently facing our state.
” The key reforms necessary to address them, and imperatives to achieve higher, more inclusive, diversified, and sustainable growth,” he said.
In his remarks, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, the Speaker, appealed to the governor to consider the need for the implementation of the financial autonomy for the state legislature and judiciary as required by the constitution.
He noted that the financial autonomy would enhance democracy, harmonious relationship with the other arms of government.
He assured the governor that the legislature would not take the current administration for granted , acknowledging the moral and financial support of the governor since assumption of office.
The speaker assured that the assembly would give adequate attention to the appropriation bill and give it accelerated passage in order to actualise the progress of the state.
Abiodun presented fiscal Appropriation Bill of N472.25billion for the 2023 outgoing year.