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Soludo presents revised 2022 Anambra budget

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…Titled Budget of Taking Off from the Blocks
…Current realities, new challenges behind revised budget – Gov
…64% capital expenditure

GOVERNOR of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, yesterday, presented a revised edition of the state’s 2022 budget to Anambra State House of Assembly.

  The budget which totals the sum of N169,621,744,131 is titled Taking Off from the Blocks.

  Explaining the revised budget as a child of current realities, new challenges and priorities of his new administration and ndi Anambra, Gov. Soludo also said many dynamics were put into consideration to arrive at the estimate.

  Mr. Governor’s words: “The revised budget size is about N170 billion versus the existing appropriation of N142 billion (with the capital expenditure accounting for 64 per cent compared to 57 per cent previously). Capital expenditure increased by 33 per cent from N81 billion to N108 billion while recurrent expenditure increased marginally by 0.79 per cent from N60 billion. We left the budget on security unchanged while we count on off budget resources from donations to augment. As a reflection of our agenda, about 60 per cent of the Capital Expenditure is targeted at delivering infrastructure that the average citizen can feel, see, use or touch and which have the highest developmental impact within the shortest possible time. For example, we have declared a state of emergency on rebuilding our road infrastructure and traffic management. About N52 billion or about 31 per cent of the total budget is for the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and we intend to simultaneously invest in roads in most of the local governments, paying special attention to our urban regeneration agenda. We have requested the federal government to kindly intervene on emergency basis on a number of federal roads in the state that have become nightmarish death traps. We confidently expect their urgent responsive action. But in the event that the expected response does not come soon, we may have to implement urgent palliatives in some places, especially at Amansea, Ekwulobia–Igboukwu–Nnobi Road, Ogidi; etc where the roads are literally cutting off.”

  The governor also informed the legislature that provision of healthcare was raised to a new notch, adding that government is putting finishing touches on plans to recruit qualified medical doctors and nurses for general hospitals and upscale infrastructural development in selected health centres.

  “We have already received over 26,000 applications in response to our advertisement to recruit and train teachers for our primary and secondary schools. Visitation panels will review the operations of the state university, polytechnic and college of education to provide basis for our reforms to ensure that they are fit for purpose,” the governor continued.

  The bill passed first reading as lawmakers took turns to commend the governor’s thoroughness in arriving with the proposal during their debate.

  Referring the bill to second reading, Speaker, Uche Okafor commended Gov. Soludo for his outstanding performance in Anambra so far.

  Sir Okafor also pledged the lawmakers’ support to the governor’s policies in order to ensure success in delivering on the governor’s mandate for ndi Anambra.

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