The Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Hon Asiwaju Idris Asiru has said that the present administration is committed to improve on service delivery to the people of the State
The Commissioner stated this during the consultative forum meeting with the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)on year 2020 Revised Budget in Lokoja
The Commissioner who said the purpose of the meeting is to ensure that the goal of the present administration is inline with that of the Civil Society Organisation, added that over the years involving the CSOs and other stake holders in budgeting process has added value to the quality of life of the people.
Hon. Idris noted that the revised revenue projection is necessitated by the effect of COVID 19 Pandemic, he however said that the expenditure side of the planned revised budget must be discussed with stakeholders in order to protect the interest of the people of the state.
Hon. Idris said the assumption that informed the preparation of the 2020 approved budget have been challenged by the effect of Covid 19 pandemic therefore, the projected revenues in the 2020 budget are no longer sustainable.
The Commissioner further said the State Govt is compelled to adjust the approved budget inline with the reduced revenue and also address the challenges that would emerge from the effect of the Covid 19 crises.
He said the Health sector is already being overwhelmed and will need additional resources in preparedness to enable it cope with challenges of the pandemic ravaging the country
While describing the proportion of kogites in the informal sector as high, the Commissioner said the majority of the people in this category are women and assured them of the plans in place to support programmes and palliative for the various groups.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner for information and communication, Kingsley fanwo commended Hon. Idris and the entire budget team for organising such programs which allows for contributions from the public. He said this singular act has further demonstrated that the present administration is sensitive to the yearnings of the people.
Hon Fanwo said the govt is also working tirelessly to build a health care system as well as develop the agricultural sector in order to secure food sufficiency for its citizens.
The Project Coordinator, Search for Common Ground( SFCG), Mrs Gift Omoniwa in her contribution commended the State govt for involving policymakers in the process of budget formulation which she said it is an attestation that the government meant well for its people
Also speaking, the Executive Director Initiative For Grassroot Advancement INGRA, Mr Hamza Aliyu, while appreciating the efforts of the government for publishing budget online for easy assess for the public, said it is first of its kind. He however call on the government not to relent in its efforts in fighting the Covid 19 pandemic.
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