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Abiodun promises strategic allocation of state resources in 2020 budget

By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun on Monday reaffirmed the commitment of his administration towards evolving the necessary political will,  systemic and strategic allocation of resources in the 2020 fiscal year to promote the socioeconomic development of the state.
Abiodun gave the assurance in Abeokuta while presiding over the 2020 treasury board meeting attended by members of the state civil service,  heads of ministries and parastatals and members of the private sector.
While challenging members of the public service to join him in devising ways of allocating resources to government policies, projects and programmes that have direct impact on the lives of the people, he also asked them to rise above party, group and personal interests and channel energy in the overall development of the state towards realizing the dreams of the state’s founding fathers.
Abiodun has said no vanity project would feature in the 2020 budget being compiled for presentation to the State Assembly.
Abiodun said the town hall meeting held in all the three senatorial district in the state was to achieve all the development goal .
“We must realise that our responsibilities to the people of our state go beyond channeling efforts towards the routine pattern of using public resources for those in power. We must devise a system of strategic allocation of resources which ensure that politics is secondary.
“Projects and programmes of government in the first full budget that we are preparing would have impact on the people who are the essence of government,” Abiodun said.
“All the expenditures are going to be targeted at programmes and projects aimed at the continued development of our state and creating more prosperity for the people. In doing this, we will be achieving the mission of our administration, as embodied in the ‘building our future together’ agenda.”
The Governor said the meeting was the climax of the planning process which involved a sensitisation programme on the vision and focus of government as well as the town hall meetings in the three Senatorial Districts.
“The process for the preparation of the Year 2020 Budget started with sensitisation programme on the vision and mission of government. It was followed by town hall meetings in the three Senatorial Districts,” he said.
“These town hall meetings provided a veritable platform to meet with the people. It also provided an opportunity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially as it concerns inclusiveness, gender equality, peace, justice and partnership to achieve the goals. All of these are premised on the fact that our administration is an open one.”
The Consultant to the Governor on Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan, said the state for the first time had declared the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), noting that this would reduce the gap between the request of the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and improved estimates, which means that Budget outcomes would be more predictable and the MDAs more confident in their planning.