By Adekola Afolabi
As various MDAs in Ondo state began the 2019 budget defence yesterday, the state government has assured the citizenry of better days ahead.
Speaking with journalists shortly after defending his office’s budget, the Secretary to the Ondo State Government (SSG), Ifedayo Abegunde, said government would not relent in its efforts at offering social services to the people of the state.
Abegunde who described the budget defence as very interesting, equally lauded members of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for doing a wonderful job for the development of the state.
He described all the activities and projects of the state government under his office as very important and crucial to the improvement and well-being of the people of the state.
Also, the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan disclosed that the performance of last year’s budget for recurrent stood at 74 per cent.
He declared that by the time all the massive infrastructural and industrial endeavours of the government finally crystallise, the performance of both the recurrent and capital would be according to the government’s expectation.
Igbasan added that he did not envisage any major changes in the budget provisions, just as he said all the public infrastructures in the state would be given adequate attention in the fiscal year.
According to him, wide consultation was done before coming up with the budget proposal in the interest of the development of the state.
On his part, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Taofeek Abdulsalam, explained that government would complete all the on-going infrastructural projects across the state and also embark on new ones for the socio-economic and infrastructural development of the state.
He noted that dualisation of Shoprite/Oda town road which would cost government about N2bn, would soon be flagged off by the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
According to the former Speaker of the Assembly, government would continue its massive infrastructural projects across the state, adding that the remaining five local governments which have not been touched would be attended to in the current year to improve the lives of the people in the affected areas.
He appreciated all the lawmakers for their commitment to the development of the state.