Ajimobi Presents N267bn Budget Of Stabilisation For 2018

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi presents 2018 budget of N267 billion to State House of Assembly with about N60 billion higher than the N207 billion presented in 2017.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the appropriation bill tagged, `Budget of Stabilisation, has capital expenditure in the bill was N149.1 billion while the recurrent expenditure was estimated at N118.37 billion.

The governor stated that capital expenditure and recurrent expenditure in the budget stood at 55 and 45 percent respectively.

Ajimobi also said that N156.42 billion was realised out of the estimated N208.65 billion revenue in the 2017 Appropriation Act as at September.

He said that revenue performance stood at 46.95 percent against 62.63 percent in September, while expenditure performance stood at 46.62 percent against 62.19 percent.

Ajimobi said recurrent expenditure, particularly on personnel cost, was heavier due to the continued commitment to payment of workers’ salaries.

“It is to be recalled that apart from consistently utilising more than the stipulated minimum of all the recurrent intervention from the Federal Government to settle salary/pension and arrears, our administration had conceded 100% monthly allocation from the Federation Account to payment of salaries and pensions of the state’s work force.

“This is hinged on our philosophy that only a motivated workforce can facilitate productive performance of an administration for the actualiSation of the delivery of expected dividends of democracy,’’ he said.

He, however, said that his administration was confronted with several challenges during the outgoing fiscal year, noting that government experienced decline in the monthly federal allocation throughout the year.

Ajimobi stated that the situation impacted negatively on the level of budget performance, adding that the 2018 budget was structured toward consolidating upon the gains of the previous years.

He appealed to tax defaulters to perform their civic responsibilities and join hands with others to contribute to government efforts at advancing the development of the state.

“To ensure the realisation of our internally generated objectives, we must continue to restructure government agencies in charge of receivables including the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

“This is our commitment for a well- structured financial system which will give us the impetus to demand from the people their obligations to government,’’ he said.

The governor said that his administration had in the last six years ensured security of lives and properties and massive infrastructure development.

(NAN)

FG kick-starts 2018 Budget Preparation

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, in Abuja, flagged off preparatory activities for the 2018 Budget based on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). This comes barely 24 hours after he signed the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law.

Anchored by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, the process is to ensure that the 2018 Budget aligns with the provisions of the ERGP, and is ready for presentation to the National Assembly by early October.

Both the Acting President and the Budget Minister Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, who addressed Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and head of government agencies, spoke of the need to reinvigorate the budget preparation process and ensure that future national financial plans are ready for implementation by January of the budget year.

The Acting President said: “going forward, we have agreed with the National Assembly leadership on the necessity to get Nigeria back onto a predictable January to December fiscal year. To achieve this, the 2018 Budget needs to get to the National Assembly no later than early October, so that the National Assembly can conclude work on it before the end of the year.”

Osinbajo stressed the need for direct involvement of Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and heads of government agencies in the preparation of their respective establishments’ budgets.

“Ministers and Permanent Secretaries are to take responsibility to ensure that as much as possible of their 2017 Budget is implemented between now and December. They are also to be personally involved in the process for the preparation of the 2018 Budget to ensure that we meet the deadline of submitting it to the National Assembly by early October 2017.

“They must fast-track the implementation of the 2017 Budget to make up for the lost time and to deliver on expectations. It also means they have to work faster on procurement issues and effectively manage resources, which he said are very scarce.”

He pointed out that personnel costs have continued to be a source of budgetary pressure, and therefore tasked all MDAs to collaborate with the Ministries of Budget and Finance, in their efforts to ensure that only legitimate employees are on the payroll, including full implementation of the IPPIS.

He also tasked top government functionaries to pay serious attention to the revenue side of the budget, as there is need to improve on revenue generation for the funding of the budget.

Similarly, Senator Udoma reminded the officials that the 2018 Personnel Budget Call Circular had been issued to them since April, and that work has already commenced on the 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework /Fiscal Strategy Paper(MTEF/FSP).

He said the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) 2007 prescribes certain deadlines for Budget related activities, which government must endeavour to comply with.

These objectives, he said, are particularly important for a government which has a change agenda. “Delayed national budgets are generally considered as indicative of poor public financial management which is not good for the image of the Government,” he pointed out.

The Minister noted that the 2018 budget will be the first full-year budget following the finalization of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and that it is imperative that it is fully aligned with the objectives/priorities of the ERGP. “The 2018 budget process is therefore being harmonized with the Implementation Roadmap for the ERGP,” he added.

The Tuesday session, he explained, was aimed at sensitizing all top government functionaries and other stakeholders on the ERGP Implementation Roadmap and the critical guidelines for the preparation of the 2018 Budget, to ensure that the 2018 budget is fully aligned with the ERGP.

Meanwhile, the Minister will present the breakdown of the just-signed 2017 Budget to the general public on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Rotunda Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Abuja by 10.00am.

Guardian