Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Ikpeazu Flags Off 2017 Budget Defence Proposal



By MATTHIAS NWOGU

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has flagged- off the defence of 2017 budget
proposal by the ministries, departments and agencies stating that all of them would
be given the opportunity to defend their inputs.


Speaking at the state’s Planning Commission, Umuahia, Ikpeazu said the
approach would make room for sound budget proposal that are realistic , workable and in line with the needs of the state.

He said that the strategy of government now is to work from bottom to the top so
that every ministry will make an input going forward so that everything originates from
the ministries and that is why they are challenged to come and defend it.
According to him, the 2017 budget proposal christened “Budget of Prudence
and Self-Reliance is targeted at meeting the needs of the state by maximizing the scare
resources available given the current realities in the country.


He, however, explained that the budget is just a proposal of estimates, and
promised that with diligence, 80 per cent or 90 per cent of it could be realised as
100 per cent may not be possible.

“We may not realise it 100 per cent but we will certainly grade ourselves and say
whether we made it 80 per cent or 90 per cent.”

He warned those that may work outside the budget that “If you do something outside
the budget, it is fraudulent and the sanctions are clear.

“Everybody understands this. We expect that we are going to work to achieve most of
the things we have listed for ourselves”.

On the internally generated profile, Ikpeazu said he was not satisfied with it though
there is an increase ‘but we are working towards making it better”

Earlier in his response to the speech of the Planning Commission boss, the governor
said his administration has remained resilient in order to meet up with the demands of
Abians as the federal allocation to the state is going down on daily basis.

He noted that his administration is desirous to begin systematic rehabilitation of rural
markets in 2017 for the benefit of the common women in the society as well as
providing solar lights around rural markets.
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