Osun Assembly Adopts Amended 2018 Budget Estimates Report

By Isral Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has adopted the amended 2018 budget estimates report presented by the House committee on Finance and Appropriation.

The Speaker of the parliament, Dr Najeem Salaam made this known on Monday during a report presentation of the  committee on the consideration of the year 2018 appropriation bill of the state of Osun at the State House of Assembly, Osogbo.

This follows the motion for adoption by the leader of the House, Hon. Timothy Owoeye and seconded by a member representing Egbedore State constituency, Hon. Abiodun Awolola respectively.

However, presenting the report, the chairman of the committee, Hon Kamil Oyedele said the revenue estimate has been increased as well as the capital expenditure following the amendment made during the budget defence by Ministries and Agencies of government.

Oyedele explained that the 2018 budget estimate has been increased by N2.4 billion making the total estimate to be a little over N176billion from N173.9billion.

The committee through the report suggested that the budget should be revenue-driven by identifying new sources of revenue as well as blocking all leakages.

The committee also called for speedy process of acquiring certificate of occupancy (C of O) to encourage land owners apply for C of O thereby increasing revenue generation for the government.

The report attracted comments from lawmakers who in their separate remarks pointed out some areas for scrutiny and some errors that need to be corrected.

According to him, “the state need a law that would fast-track acquisition of C of O”.

In their separate contributions, the lawmakers stressed the need for aggressive revenue generation drive to help finance the budget.

They urged the House to intervene in a way to ease the process of certificate of occupancy (C of O) which they described as a viable means of revenue generation.

In his remark, the speaker emphasised the importance of collective efforts and responsibilities to ensure the success of the budget.

He also observed the need to fast track the process of issuance of C of O by the executive.

He said, “The only way out of the bottleneck is to have an operational guideline that would set time limit for the process”.

Osun Assembly Charge Agencies On Budget Implementation

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has charged all the agencies of government in the State of Osun to adhere strictly to the implementation of 2018 Budget estimates when passed into law as its content cannot be altered by any authority without recourse to the State parliament.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Kamil Oyedele made this known on Wednesday during the budget defence exercise before the parliament at the State Assembly Complex, Osogbo.

Oyedele said that budget is a law which cannot be tampered after being passed.

He urged all the relevant agencies of government to work together with relevant committees of the House of Assembly to achieve common goal.

According to him, “budget of a state is a law which cannot be tampered by anyone when it eventually becomes a law”.

In their separate remarks before all the ministries and agencies that appeared in the floor, the parliamentarians commended the effort of the Ministry of Special Duties for its ability to establish co-existence between farmers and herdsmen of the state.

They appreciated their performance in ensuring that peace reigns in all nooks and crannies in the state.

They also urged the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperative to revive trade fair and cooperative college.

They said, “We will create opportunity for the college to be revived for the development of the state”.

In his contribution, Commissioner for Special Duties and Chairman Committee on peaceful co-existence between farmers and Fulani Bororo in the state, Hon Mudasiru Toogun appreciated the efforts of the House of Assembly for their supports to the committee.

He advised people of Osun to go into ranching as it is a business that attracts huge money.

In his contribution, his counterpart from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Ismail Alagbada said his ministry is preparing to organise another parallel chambers for the state to benefit.

However, some of the ministries of government and agencies that appeared before the House of Assembly for the day include; Ministry of Special Duties which defended the sum of N318,836,000,00 allotted to it, Ministry of Commerce, Industries and Cooperative N1,273,162,570,00; Osun Micro-credit Agency, N102,450,730,00; Ministry of Empowerment and Youth Engagement, N3,966,923,258,00 while office of Enterprise and Wealth Creation also defended its budget estimate of N59,775,850,00.

 

Osun Speaker Harps On Hardwork, Revenue Generation

  • As Agencies Complete 2018 Budget Defence

Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Hon Najeem Salaam has urged Civil servants to be patient with government and work hard to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State.

In a publication, an online Group promoting the activities of the State Government of Osun, Progressives e-Group says it is a tradition for State House of Assembly to receive Budget of each Agency of Government and also allow them to justify every dime they plan to spend for the year before the House.

This exercise which started some weeks ago in the State of Osun House Of Assembly, where Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the state  presented and defended their Budget came to an end on Tuesday.

The final Budget Defence session was attended by Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaj Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, Head of Service, Dr Olowogboyega Oyebade, Commissioner for Budget and Planning Dr Yunus Ismail and the Acting Chairman, Osun Internal Revenue Service, Mr Bicci Ali.

The Speaker, Hon Najeem Salaam in his message charged the State Civil Servants to work assiduously to ensure that the budget is achieved.

He hinted that Revenue is the soul of Budget in any State, and once they achieve the targeted Revenue, it is sure that their welfare will be taken care of immediately and that once there is more money in government’s purse, nothing will delay their entitlements.

He urged them to be patient with the government, as it is not relenting in sourcing for funds to cater for their welfare.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola in his remarks, appreciated the State House of Assembly for their unflinching support for the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the state in general, just as he urged them to be more committed to the cause they have chosen.

The Head of Service, Dr Oyebade Olowogboyega appreciated the Governor for releasing funds for the payment of Pensions and gratuities of the retired Civil Servants in the State. He also prayed that all other outstanding entitlements will be addressed as soon as possible.

The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Dr Olalekan Yinusa while defending the Budget, said the state will increase the IGR with various Programmes and activities as stated in the 2018 Budget.

In his words, the acting Chairman, Osun Internal Revenue Service, Mr Bicci Alli urged the populace to be more committed to remittance of their dues, as this will enable government of thesState to meet the needs of the people as and when due.

Osun Workers’ Interest Captured In 2018 Budget

By Israel Afolabi

The State government of Osun would fulfill its promises to the civil servants as their interest has been captured in the 2018 appropriation bill under consideration in the House of Assembly.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Kamil Oyedele gave the assurance at the ongoing Budget estimate defence exercise by government agencies in the state Assembly Complex Osogbo.

Oyedele charged the agencies to be more proactive as the 2018 appropriation bill would be revenue-driven and urged all the ministries and agencies to submit their revenue work plan, so the House of Assembly would be acquainted with their challenges with a view of assisting them.

He also directed the relevant agencies who have not resolved their audit query to see the state Auditor-General, as he stated commitment to work on their cases after the budget exercise.

He gave the assurance that Government would not renege on its promise to civil servants as their various interests have been catered for in the 2018 appropriation bill.

Oyedele also urged all the ministries and agencies to continue to cooperate with the state government so as to achieve the desired objectives.

Meanwhile, other lawmakers in their separate contributions stressed the need for Government agencies to synergise and work together in the common interest of the state.

Some other agencies of government ministries and institutions that have appeared before the House of Assembly include; the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology N226,505,770, Ministry of Education N11,550,327,400 and Auditor General of State N123,170,740 while Osun produce department also defended its budget estimate of N129,745,147.

Others are; Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security with budget estimate of N5,081,836,322, Osun State Agriculture Development Cooperation (OSSADEC) N121,938,830, Osun State Agriculture Development Programme (OSSADEP) N276,374,890, Civil Service Commission N87,442,990 and Ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building N407,696,540.

Osun Assembly Tasks Ministry Of Local Government Over Service Delivery

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has stressed the needs for proper monitoring of officials at the Local Government level so as to ensure that their performance complement the efforts of the state government.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon Kamil Oyedele disclosed this at the ongoing budget defence exercise at the State House of Assembly complex Osogbo.

Oyedele commended the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on the successful conduct of the Local Government election in the state.

He urged the Ministry officials to ensure that council authorities meet the expectation in the area of revenue generation.

According to him, “Local Government is very crucial to everyone in the state and there should be judicious use of revenue of local government”.

In their separate remarks, other members of the committee observed the need for the ministry to engage in capacity building for local government staffers so as to enhance their performance.

The ministry was charged to ensure that the authorities of local governments pay attention to proper maintenance of all the 10 kilometre roads in their jurisdiction.

The lawmakers also directed relevant agencies and ministries of government that have not submitted their revenue work plan to do so without further delay.

In another development, the lawmakers took note of the activities of the officials of the state judiciary in the previous year and commended the officials for what they described as noticeable improvement in dispensation of justice.

Meanwhile, some of the agencies of government, ministries that have appeared before the House of Assembly includes Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs which defended the sum of N83,314,370 allotted to it, Local Government Service Commission N166,208,720 and High Court of Justice N1,313,142,670.

Others are judiciary service Commission N357,110,200 and Customary Court of Appeal N818,590,720 also defended their budget estimate.

Osun Assembly May Not Pass Agencies’ Estimates If…

By Israel Afolabi

Some agencies and parastatals in the State of Osun might face difficulties in the course of cosideration of their 2018 budget estimates, as the House of Assembly has declared that any Ministry, Department and Agency of government and tertiary institutions with unresolved audit queries would not have their estimates considered.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon Kamil Oyedele who made the declaration said that such organisations would have to obtain clearance from House Committee on Public Accounts before their estimates could be considered by the legislature.

While stating the readiness of the lawmakers to speed up the process, he noted that agencies without enabling laws would have their estimates merged with that of appropriate ministries.

The lawmaker charged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to submit 35 copies of their proposed estimates to the House through the office of Economic Planning, Budget and Development.

He also required for submissions of the 2017 budget performance reports for each of the component heads and sub heads of revenue and expenditure as well as work plan and strategy to realise projected revenue by revenue generating agencies.

Hon. Oyedele also stated that necessary machineries’ should be put in place to ascertain the status of some agencies such as Osun State Planning Commission, Reality Radio Vision Services, OSSADEP and OSSADEC.

He disclosed that the committee has put in place mechanism to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations by different organisations when they come to defend their estimates before the legislature.

According to him, the agencies of government in the state must come with last year’s budget performance and their 2018 estimates defence as a measure to get their estimates approved.

He said part of the consideration for the budget is the proposed minimum wage review, as well as allowing the international financial practice standard to form the guideline in passing the budget.

He maintained that the house has given the committee four weeks to meet with heads of ministries, department and agencies with a view to ensuring compliance with the set rules and regulations.

PHOTONEWS: Governor Aregbesola Presents 2018 Budget To Osun Assembly

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday presented the draft estimates of the 2018 Budget of the state totalling N173 billion to the State House of Assembly.

The budget presentation had in attendance the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola, the Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori among other stakeholders in the affairs of state.

Here are photos from the epoch making ceremony as captured by Dolapo Julius.

Osun LG Budget Officers Tasked On Transparent 2018 Budget

Local Government Budget Officers in the State of Osun have been charged to prepare a transparent and realizable budget for 2018.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Mr Muftau Oluwadare gave the charge today while declaring open  seminar for Heads of Budget in the local government on the International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS).

The State Accountant General, Akintayo Kolawole who was represented by the Director of Final Account, Mr Ojo explained that IPSAS required full disclosure of financial information of government in the budget preparation.

Mr Akintayo said ‘whatever we budget for there must be corresponding figure for it.’ He added that the era of forcing the budget to balance was over saying that there are must be justification for every items in the budget.

The Auditor – General for Local Government, Mr Kolapo Emmanuel advised them to work in collaboration with other officials of the Council to ensure production of implementable budget.

The Director of Finance and Account of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Ibrahim Adewale encouraged budget Officers to make use of excel to prepare budgets.

The Director of Local Government and Inspectorate Services, Mr Kola Adedokun advised them to follow the call circular sent to them to prepare their budget.