COVID-19: Enugu govt engages citizens on revised 2020 budget estimates

COVID-19: Enugu govt engages citizens on revised 2020 budget estimates

The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, on Tuesday, engaged citizens on the proposal to revise the state's 2020 budget and tailor it down to align with the current economic realities occasioned by the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government and all 36 states of the federation were mandated to revise their budgets, in line with the templates adopted by the National Executive Council, to be able to adapt to the current situation globally.

COVID-19: Enugu govt engages citizens on revised 2020 budget estimates

Enugu govt engages citizens on revised 2020 budget estimates Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

Speaking during the public presentation, held at The Dome Event Centre, Enugu, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, represented by his deputy, Hon Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, said that the budget revision became imperative because of: "The economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, especially the drastic reduction in government earnings, arising from the sudden collapse of the global demand for the price of crude oil".

Kogi guber: Huge number of APC aspirants is due to my efforts, says Gov Bello

Mrs Ezeilo pointed out that the public session with citizens of the state underscores the state government's commitment to participatory democracy and transparency.

COVID-19: Enugu govt engages citizens on revised 2020 budget estimates

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

The deputy governor added that the exercise was also in fulfilment of our obligations under the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 and the conditions of the World Bank budget policy support partnership as well as our Open Government Partnership (OGP) obligations.

She maintained that: "The budget of the Enugu State Government is 'the business' of all the stakeholders and opinion leaders as well as all Ndi Enugu at home and in the Diaspora", stressing that their brilliant and patriotic inputs and the faithfulness “made our 2019 budget to achieve a performance of 80%”.

She said this was in addition to Enugu’s current enviable rating as one of the six most economically viable states in Nigeria.

COVID-19: Enugu govt engages citizens on revised 2020 budget estimates

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

Earlier in his remark, the State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Dr David Ugwunta, disclosed that the state government had carried out similar exercise during the preparation of the 2020 budget, which he said, offered citizens the opportunity to make their inputs.

8 quotes by Buhari during nationwide broadcast ahead of presidential election

Dr Ugwunta explained that the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic had its negative consequences that resulted in the drop in GDP growth, which brought about an increase in inflation.

The commissioner said that the development propelled: “They need to look at the 2020 budget and to be able to bring it down and align it to the current economic realities”.

COVID-19: Enugu govt engages citizens on revised 2020 budget estimates

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

Dr Ugwunta, therefore, informed the public that the State Government proposed a 13.67 per cent reduction in the 2020 budget size of N169, 557,658,300.00, which amounts to N23,183,017,220.00.

He stated that the proposed revised budget estimate is N146,374,641,080.00, while the savings and additional sum required are N53,617,927,900 and N27,455,910,680.00 respectively.

The commissioner further disclosed that the 2020 budget approved recurrent and capital expenditures of N68,790,000,000.00 and N100,767,658,300.00 were revised to N69,790,000,000.00 and N76,584,641,080 respectively, representing 48 percent and 52 percent.

While seeking the cooperation and inputs of state residents, Dr Ugwunta assured them that the revised budget, if approved, will guarantee the state government’s firm footing to address their development needs and respond to the challenges associated with COVID-19 pandemic.

What we know and do not know about the trial of CJN Onnoghen
COVID-19: Enugu govt engages citizens on revised 2020 budget estimates

Photo: Enugu state government
Source: UGC

Dignitaries at the event included the deputy speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Uche Ugwu and other members of the State Assembly, the secretary to the state government, Prof Simon Uchenna Ortuanya and other members of the State Executive Council, state traditional rulers led by their chairman, HRH Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, permanent secretary, State Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mr Casmir Ugwu, members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), President Generals among others.

Enugu state is in the hands of God! #amokelouis

[Sponsored]

Source: Legit

Tags:
Mailfire view pixel