By AbuSatar Hamed
ABEOKUTA: Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has assured the people of the state that his administration would ensure that the budget was implemented to the letter.
Abiodun stated this on Monday December 30, 2019 when he signed into law the State 2020 Appropriation Bill, saying his administration would also follow through on all of its vision.
His words, “On the part of the executive, we affirm that our appreciation will be further underscored by the implementation of this budget. I believe that it’s indeed how we can demonstrate the appreciation of this speedy passage by the House of Assembly and to the rest of the citizens of this state by extension.
“We will ensure that this budget is implemented to the letter, we will do everything to ensure that all the assumptions that have been made, particularly in the areas of revenue generation becomes a reality and we will follow through on our vision”, he posited.
The governor noted that his administration would ensure that all the assumptions that have been made in the area of revenue generation was met. He added that his administration is determined to ensure that the citizens of the state enjoy the dividend of democracy.
While assenting to the Bill, Prince Abiodun also assured the people of the state that his administration would be measured by the performance of the budget; “hence the implementation of the year 2020 budget was sacrosanct.”
He however commended the State House of Assembly for showing good character in the discharge of their duties, adding that he had had reservation about the House passing the Appropriation Bill in record time.
Earlier in his welcome speech, the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Olakunle Oluomo said the House was pleased to work on the same wave-length with the State Executive arm in order to serve the peple better.
“The passing of the Bill was done in the belief of the House that the Executive Arm would do justice to the budget and also follow it in details, in a way that it will bring dividends of democracy to the people”, the Speaker enthused.
Recall, the bill was assented to by the governor 27days after the State House of Assembly passed it into law.
The 2020 budget proposal was N449.97bn, but the Assembly retained the budget size with an adjustment to the capital expenditure leading to an increment of N2.1bn for capital projects.
However, the realignment moved the capital estimate from N269,132,349,884.46 to N271, 232,349,884.46.
Prince Abiodun also used the occassion of signing the year 2020 budget, to signed bill on the establishment of Sport Commission and the Trust Fund Bills earlier passed by the Assembly.
Titled, HB. No. 032/OG/2019-Year 2020 Appropriation Law, the passed bill followed the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, led by Hon. Olakunle Sobukanla, who thereafter moved the motion for its adoption.
The bill was however seconded by Sylvester Abiodun and unanimously supported by all the lawmakers through a voice vote.