2024 budget: ODHA ends MDA’s defence
By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Ondo State House of Assembly has rounded off the year 2024 budget defence for Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, including higher institutions in the State.
The defence started yesterday with Executives and accounting officers of various MDAs assuring that the people of the State will have no cause to worry in the coming year, as the 2024 budget proposal when passed into law, will definitely address the present economic reality.
In an interview with The Hope shortly after the closing of the budget defense, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi appreciated all MDAs and other stakeholders for their cooperation during the programme, noting that the Committee had a robust time with participants.
He informed that the Committee took a critical look at the budget proposal, scrutinised it ,while the MDAs shared their concerns.
“We observed that the subsidy removal affected livelihood,we have to ensure that next year budget is suitable for the good people of Ondo State and Nigeria at large ,we observed that increment is needed in salaries and other wages of workers therefore,we are still going to sit down together and scrutinize further to ensure that the fact and figures are correct.
“We will definitely put the interest of the people first,l want to appeal to people not to give up, with the leadership of the Country,Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vast experience,he will definitely do the needful couple with the fact that the Governor of the State loves his people and have the interest of the State in mind. The REDEEMED Agenda of the administration is reflected in the fiscal document brought to the house by the Acting Governor”
Ogunmolasuyi who is also the Majority leader of the House added that the Committee will go back to review the defense and wrap it up in alignment with the new template , assuring that the report will soon be submitted to the whole House for consideration.
He assured that after doing the internal work, the budget will be passed as soon as possible.
Earlier,in an interview, the Commissioner For Economic Planning and Budget, Emmanuel Igbasan explained that the budget proposal was carefully planned to meet the yawning of the masses.
“The removal of oil subsidy and high exchange rate in dollars leads to high cost of living and imbalances in the system.But by next year,we are very hopeful and we know that things will be better and people will be able to access maximally what has been provided for them and what will be appropriated to them by the house of Assembly.
“In the next year budget,we are priortising our people, that is why we called it budget of economic resilience,we know that we are challenged as a nation, but we keep hope alive that next year will be better as the federal government begin to roll out interventions and policies.
“As a State,we are going to do the needful by priorising capital development as an enabler for next year budget and put people first,the State being one of the least multi-dimentional poor State will maintained and the socio-economic well being of people will be raised in the coming year”
Igbasan stressed that the proposed working document is expected to improve all sectors of the economy in the coming year.
MDAs in an interview promised to work assiduously towards achieving the set goal.