2021 BUDGET: Ogun Govt.Promises To Be More Proactive - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, November 6, 2020

2021 BUDGET: Ogun Govt.Promises To Be More Proactive


 Gov.Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State Government has vowed to  put in place, a more proactive measures in the coming year to avoid the unforseen experience which is  seriously affecting its 2020 budget performance.

The government said it would  latch  on this year's experience to improve on service delivery, revenue drive and Public Private Partnership (PPP).

 Governor Dapo Abiodun who made this known during  a virtual meeting with the representatives of the people of Ogun East Senatorial District in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said his administration would give utmost priority to education, health, agriculture and road infrastructure, as it prepares for next year's budget.

Abiodun who decried the negative impact of the COVID-19 on the economy of the State, informed that the current budget was reviewed downward from N450b to N280b in tandem with the economic realities in the wake of the pandemic, adding that 20 percent of the 2020 Revised Appropriation was allocated to the Health Sector.

"To give life to businesses, various reliefs were given to business owners as part of palliative measures to assist them cope with the economic slide and ensure business continuity."the governor stated. 

According to him,"these relief packages include a 6- month extension of the 2019 income tax returns deadline for self-employed residents from March 31, 2020 to September 30, 2020".

"We also granted an 8-month extension of filing of 2019 annual PAYE returns by PAYE operators/tax agents from January 31, 2020 to September 30, as well as complete waiver of interest and penalty for late filing for the extension period", he explained.

The governor described the hosting of the town hall meeting as a symbolic approach of inclusiveness, fairness, justice, equity and respect to the rule of law.

Prince Abiodun listed some of the roads constructed by his administration to include; Awa – Iloaporu-Ibadan Express Road, Hospital Road, Sagamu, Bright Fashion Baruwa street, Sagamu, Ijebu Ode-Epe, Sagamu-Ore Interchange Flyover in Ijebu-Ode-Odogbolu LG and Molipa -Fusigboye -Ojofa Street.

He added that hospitals, primary healthcare centres, schools and other infrastructure  were also given due attention.

"We will continue to sustain payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities within the limited resources. It is instructive that we have commenced the payment of new minimum wage in October, to demonstrate our commitment to workers’ welfare. We expect them in turn to reciprocate this gesture with improved productivity and service delivery", he said.

The governor pledged to carry out downward review of overhead expenses with a reasonable percentage against revenue generation prospects of each MDA in the State.

Abiodun maintained that the gathering would cross fertilize ideas for the preparation of a more viable Year 2021 Budget that would ensure individual prosperity and improved economy of the State.

He called on the people to contribute and take maximum advantage of the platform to express their views, assuring that their comments, recommendations, proposals, feedback would be adequately and appropriately considered for the preparation of the Year 2021 budget.

The State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan had earlier explained that the aim of the administration is to eliminate poverty in the State. 

He lauded the people for their valuable support which has led to tremendous improvement in various sectors.

Also the State Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Dapo Okubadeyo, in his remark, described this year as the most challenging on the economy of the State, noting that goverment would look inward for quick recovery of all sectors.

Some of the participants which included youth and women groups, religious leaders, elder statesmen and Labour leaders, who contributed at the meeting, called for the creation of more jobs, execution of more capital projects and employment of the youth and women.

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