Project completion to gulp 80 percent of Delta’s 2022 budget — Commissioner

Project completion to gulp 80 percent of Delta’s 2022 budget — Commissioner
Asaba, Sept. 9, 2021, The Delta Government has announced that it would dedicate 80 per cent of its 2022 budget to the completion of ongoing projects across the state.
Dr Barry Pere-Gbe, the State Commissioner for Economic Planning said this on Thursday at the resumed budget defence by state Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Asaba.
Pere-Gbe said the projections for the 2022 fiscal year of N425 billion had shown an estimated 10 per cent growth over the 2021 approved budget of N383.95 billion.
He explained that the increase was brought about by the establishment of three new universities in the state among other factors.
‘’In line with the principles of participatory democracy, we interact with the public and also with the MDAs.
“We believe that budgeting should be a bottom-up approach in governance. This means that it should come from the people.
“The Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa administration is a government that intends to finish strong.
“We have just the 2022 budget to look at and so the engagements have enabled us to know the build-up towards what we will be finishing with,” he said.
He said it  was a budget that would be N425 billion tentatively which is a growth from the 2021 budget.
He said the government would be able to complete many facilities across the three new universities in 2022.
He added that the budget size of the Ministry of Higher Education would grow far beyond what it was presently.
‘’I expect a 200 per cent growth in the subsequent budget, to complete a lot of the facilities in the new universities so that we can pursue accreditations in the institutions,’’ Pere-Gbe said.
Also, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu said the Okowa-led administration favoured a bottoms-up approach in preparing the 2022 budget to capture the aspirations of the people.
Aniagu while presenting his ministry’s budget, noted that it was an audacious budget proposal which was aimed to reposition the state media outfits and the coordinating ministry.
According to him, the ministry’s budget would enable it consolidate on the legacies of Okowa for posterity. (

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