Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government in Ogun State have been charged to contribute meaningfully towards achieving a cost effective and efficient 2019 Budget that would further accelerate the implementation of the government mission to rebuild the State.
The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun gave the charge at the Treasury board meeting on year 2019 budget, organised by the Ministry of Budget and Planning, at the Conference hall, Oba’s complex, Oke mosan, Abeokuta.
Stressing the importance of the meeting, the Governor said it created an avenue to receive input from members of the civil and public service, for transparency and accountability, efficient service delivery and to cross fertilize ideas and leaves a consensus approach to attaining greater dream of the good people of Ogun State.
“We have continued to demonstrate our commitment because we believe that the basic elements of good governance are to impact positively on the citizenry by eradicating illiteracy, improving health care delivery, encouraging agricultural production and industrialization, providing affordable housing in a conducive urban environment, and reducing high rate of unemployment”, He said.
While enjoining all MDAs to uphold the standard that the State had been known for by being thorough in their presentations and deliberations, Amosun added that the 2019 budget would further assist the administration’s desire to bequeath a legacy to the good people of the State.
In her address, the State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Ms Adenrele Adesina said that budget processes and implementation must be seen as an important exercise, which involves team work, describing it as a tool of power, in terms of the energy, focus and integrity that the administration puts into revenue drive, to direct expenditure in the state.
According to her, MDA’s should expect aggressive scrutiny of their revenues in line with expenditure request for the State to meet up with the expectation of at least 70% budget performance annually.
She added that the State has signed up to the World Bank’s State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Programme for results SFTAS, explaining that, the effectiveness of the budgeting has become more consequential, as there was a financial benefit attached to obtaining budget performance of at least 70% annually.
“We have individual responsibilities in Government but we are called to deliver these responsibilities in pursuit of the collective goals of our state and the effectiveness of this exercise will impact the pace of our progress”, Adenrele said.