Governor Presents N187.9 Billion Budget for 2012, Priorities Education0
OGUN State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, has presented a budget of N187. 901 billion to the State House of Assembly for 2012.
The budget, tagged “Budget to Re-build,” apportioned 53 and 47 per cent for capital expenditure and recurrent expenditure, respectively..
Amosun said that the 2012 budget proposal was 49 per cent higher than that of 2011 and promised to live up to his pre-election promises.
The governor gave assurances that the budget would focus on education, infrastructure, health, housing and agriculture, among others.
He disclosed that his administration planned to spend about N42 billion, representing 22 per cent of the budget on education.
Amosun said that the development of infrastructure in the rural areas, housing, health care delivery and agriculture would gulp 43 per cent.
He said that the rest 35 per cent would be spent on general public service, social protection, culture and religion, judiciary and transportation and economic transformation.
He said that his administration was optimistic to generate N63 billion as Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) which would form 47 per cent of the recurrent expenditure.
“We are looking at the Federation Account for about N70 billion which will be about 53 per cent of our recurrent,” he said.
He further disclosed that his administration would generate more funds to execute the budget and other projects through internal and external loans.
Commenting on education, Amosun explained that his priority would be free and qualitative education at the primary and secondary school levels.
“We are constructing additional buildings in public educational institutions in a bid to de-congest over populated schools and class rooms.
“We are also embarking on massive renovation/maintenance of our dilapidated structures and also supply furniture to enhance student’s enrolment, retention and performance, ” he said.
He expressed optimism that the budget, if passed, would deliver on good health care delivery, saying that “we are conscious that we have an obligation to reduce our disease burden.
“Our focus is also to aggressively develop the primary health care system.
He said that free ante-natal health care for pregnant women would be provided in line with the WHO recommendations.