Source: pointblanknews.com

DELTA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has presented a N391.51 (three

hundred and ninety one billion, five hundred and ten million naira) budget

proposal for the 2014 fiscal year to the state Legislature with an

assurance that his administration will finish strong.

Tagged, budget of “Consolidation, Sustainable Economic Growth And

Development,” Governor Uduaghan disclosed that the amount “comprises

N159.78 billion (one hundred and fifty nine billion, seven hundred and

eighty million naira) or 48.8 per cent for recurrent expenditure and

N231.72 billion (two hundred and thirty one billion, seven hundred and

twenty million naira) or 59.1 per cent for capital expenditures.”

The Governor who was accompanied by his Deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN),

the chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Chief

Peter Nwaoboshi and top government functionaries to the House of Assembly

complex for the budget presentation stated that the budget was designed to

sustain the drive towards the Delta State beyond oil initiatives.

According to him, “the main focus of year 2014 budget is to sustain the

drive towards Delta State beyond oil initiative; we have in this respect

put together a budget and business plan with the objectives and priorities

we set out in the three point agenda.”
“Emphasis in 2014 shall be on the completion of ongoing key projects given

the size of carryover projects,” the Governor said, adding, “this is a

result oriented strategy, wherein an allocation to budget heads are tied

to performing projects and programmes that can sustain development.”

It is worthy to note that a budget of N472.006 billion (four hundred and

seventy two billion, six million naira) with a recurrent expenditure of

N156.403 billion (one hundred and fifty six billion, four hundred and

three million naira) and a capital budget of N315.602 billion (three

hundred and fifteen billion, six hundred and two million naira) was

approved for the 2013 fiscal year.
“I want to restate our very strong desire to finish strong and with 2014

being the last full year of this administration in office, Deltans are

desirous that the promises and hopes we have raised should be kept,” the

Governor said, reiterating, “we are determined that it should be so.”

He added, “I believe we will finish strong because we have to a large

extent restored public confidence in government, we have created credible

institutions of governance, we have enacted friendly and conducive

environment for anyone to fulfil their God given potentials, this has

given our people hope of bright and happy future.”

The Governor assured Deltans that his administration will act competently

and ensure that public finances are managed in the best possible way,

noting, “our people expect at all times good judgement and discretion from

the government it elected and none of us can rest or sleep peacefully

until economic uncertainty, unemployment and poverty are tackled.”

“The new vision today is 'Delta Beyond Oil' and this is gradually sinking

into the hearts and minds of all Nigerians, the song now is 'Nigeria

Beyond Oil' and we should be proud that Delta State set the pace for this

nation to look beyond oil,” the Governor said.
The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei

thanked Governor Uduaghan for the timely presentation of the budget and

assured that the Legislature would give deserved attention to the budget