Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, on Wednesday, presented a budget proposal of N339 billion for the 2021 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly, with N177 billion earmarked for capital expenditure.
Our correspondent reports that the budget, christened “Budget of Recovery and Sustainability,” also has N162 billion proposed for recurrent expenditure.
The governor said that an estimated N119 billion was projected as internally-generated revenue for the state, with statutory allocation expected to be N59 billion.
He stated that capital receipt, which included internal and external loans as well as grants and aids, stood at N142 billion.
The governor stated that personnel cost remained the largest single item of expenditure, adding as at Oct. 31, it accounted for 35.5 percent of the total government spending and was projected at 21 percent for the 2021 total expenditure.
He said that owing to the inflationary trend, the total overhead costs of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and government-owned enterprises would be N50 billion in 2021, representing an increase of N11 billion over the N39 billion in 2020.
The governor explained that the state government had made provision for the sum of N28.4 billion for debt servicing in 2021, representing an increase of N13 billion over the N15.7 billion in 2020.
According to the governor, infrastructure will gulp N61 billion, while social welfare and wellbeing, comprising health, housing, environment, physical planning and women affairs stands at N93 billion.
While education will receive N58 billion, youth empowerment will take N6billion, agriculture N15 billion and enablers, comprising statewide services, general public service, public debt charges, stabilisation fund, judiciary, legislature and pensions and gratuities N106 billion.
Abiodun said that towards achieving good practice in public financial management, the state government had adopted, for the second year running, a Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for 2021-2023.
He added that government had also introduced a Medium-Term Revenue Strategy (MTRS), which he described as a major shift in budget preparation process from focus on the expenditure to greater emphasis on revenue-driven model.
Abiodun said that government’s fiscal policy, between 2021 and 2023, be geared towards improving the efficiency and effectiveness of spending and achieving better balance between capital and recurrent expenditure.
“This will include greater control of the wage bill, directing capital expenditure on critical infrastructure and boosting revenue receipts by identifying and plugging revenue leakages.
“Another consideration is the gradual fiscal consolidation in order to achieve a level of public spending consistent with macro-economic stability and sustainable debt,” he said.
The governor added that the investment focus of his administration was to create an enabling environment for business, reduce the identified infrastructure gap and provide fiscal stimulus to lift demands.
He said that in the 2021 budget proposal, priorities were accorded completion of existing projects, those with revenue potential and those consistent with the priorities articulated in the state Economic Development Strategy.
In his speech, the Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, said that the Assembly had been able to consider and pass into laws 33 bills, covering education, judiciary, local government and infrastructure, among others, while 23 motions were passed into resolutions.
Oluomo explained that the assembly had also mediated in issues that might have caused disharmony among the people and breach of peace in the state.
While assuring the governor and the people of the state that the bill would be given accelerated passage, he expressed optimism that it would further deliver on the goal of the Abiodun-led administration.