By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
The Executive Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano on Wednesday 5th December, 2018, presented the 2019 budget estimate, tagged, Budget for sustained economic growth and youth empowerment, to the 6th Assembly of the Anambra State House of Assembly.
Chief Obiano on behalf of his government presented a budget estimate of One hundred and fifty-seven billion, one hundred and seventy million, one hundred and sixty-seven thousand, eight hundred and nine naira (N157,170,167, 809:00) to the 6th Assembly of Anambra state.
The governor was accompanied by his wife, Her Excellency Chief Ebelechukwu Obiano, the deputy governor of Anambra, His Excellency Dr. Nkem Okeke, Secretary to the State Government, Solo Chukwulobelu, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Senior Special Assistants to the governor, Special Assistants to the governor and other dignitaries to the budget presentation.
While presenting the budget Chief Obiano said, The outgoing year 2018 is a watershed in the history of Anambra and more so in my administration. This year has been a remarkable one!
“Nigeria has come out of recession but it hasn’t come out of its domestic challenges”.
The number one citizen of Anambra state assured Ndi Anambra of better days stating that, This budget seeks to provide a new phase of development for Anambra state and I am therefore optimistic that I will be given a speedy consideration and passage to ensure a sustained and steady advancement of our dear state.
Earlier in her speech, Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Barr. Rita Maduagwu said, A cursory look at this year’s budget implementation showed that sufficient attention was given to both human and infrastructural development across the state”. She urged the governor not to relent in providing good governance for the citizenry.
Maduagwu assured Anamberians that the law makers will continue to contribute to the peace, unity and progress of the state through enactment of quality laws, effective representation as well as oversight of ministries, department and agencies of the government.
“We have to our credit a total of more than seventy bills passed and over seven hundred people oriented resolution, she reiterated.
Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Pharm. Obinna Emeneka, member representing Anambra East, in a vote of thanks commended Chief Obiano for the presentation of the budget as stipulated at the 1999 Constitution (as amended), quoting section 121 which states that before the commencement of every year, the governor is supposed to submit the budget for the coming year.
Emeneka assured Obiano that his committee will speed up the budget defense process.
Speaking to reporters after the budget presentation, Mr. Mike Okoye, Commissioner for Budget and Planning said, There is an improvement by the government which is clearly shown by the GDP. This budget is hoping to address on the production aspect of the economy through youth empowerment, creating more opportunities and means of livelihood. The critical part of a budget is coming up with realistic achievable projection for revenue and expenditure.