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Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State on Wednesday presented a ₦346.16 billion budget for the 2021 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly.
The budget titled ‘Budget of Wealth Creation’ is made up of ₦74.66 billion recurrent expenditure and ₦271.52 capital expenditure.
Further breakdown of the estimate shows that the Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges (CRFC) is ₦13.33 billion; personnel cost, ₦14.12 billion; overhead costs, ₦33.72 billion and subvention costs, ₦13.46 billion.
Presenting the budget, Uzodinma disclosed that an increase in the personnel cost for ministries was anticipated to accommodate the new minimum wage of workers in the state civil service.
He said his administration would adopt strategies towards reducing fiscal wastages and apply prudent utilisation of resources to enable him to execute proposed projects.
The governor also promised that the state government would continue to bridge the infrastructural deficits through creative financing strategies and private-public sector driven initiatives.
He further disclosed that the state government had taken steps to revive economic institutions which, according to him, were devastated by previous administrations, through direct fiscal policy incentives.
Uzodinma commended members of the house of assembly for their “uncommon commitment towards ensuring synergy in the machinery of government.”
The governor called for accelerated consideration and passage of the appropriation bill.
He also gave the assurance that his administration would remain open and accountable to the people notwithstanding the present economic challenges.
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