Budget: ODHA begins evaluation performance of MDAs, institutions
By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Ondo State House of Assembly has commenced the evaluation of 2019 budget performance of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs)and higher institutions in the state.
The House Committee on Finance and Appropriation saddled with the responsibility noted that it is imperative to look at the MDAs level of performance, deviation and fashion out a way forward.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Sunday Olajide harped on the need for all MDAs to ensure transparency and accountability to achieve the set objective.
He explained that the engagement of the committee with the MDAs is a statutory function of the committee to know the budget performance of the fiscal year, challenges, and ensure compliance, adding that it is not to witch-hunt anybody.
While charging them to take budget performance very serious and shun look-warm attitude,he said the interface will form the basis for 2020 budget.
He reiterated the commitment of the house to ensure that interest of the people of the state is taken as priority.
Speaking with journalists after his ministry’s appearance before the committee, the state Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan, explained that the ministry gave the background information to the committee concerning their activities, stating that the budget performance will further strengthen the system and ensure good governance.
He hinted that the 2020 budget is almost ready.
Also, the state Commissioner for finance, Mr Wale Akinterinwa said that the executive arm tried its best to ensure 2019 budget is implemented.
To him, the budget performance will enable the lawmakers to have more confidence in the state government and support where necessary.
The state Accountant General, Hebert Akindolire who assured that the committee constituted on minimum wage will work assiduously and forward its report to appropriate quarters, affirmed that the state government is passionate about workers’ welfare.
On his own, the Chairman state Internal Revenue Service, Mr Tolu Adegbie noted that the lawmakers are happy with the agency’s performance and further advised them on their policies, saying that they will continue to do what is necessary in conformity with global best practices.
Other MDAs that appeared before the committee as at the time of filling this report include, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Works, Hospitals Management Board (HMB), ONDIPA.
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