BY OBED OLUKU….
The Delta State Government on Wednesday April 29, 2020. Presented to the public its Citizens Budget for 2020 tagged Budget for Sustained Development.
Those invited to the Unity Hall, Government House Asaba, where the budget was presented included civil commissioners, permanent secretaries, heads of MDAs, members of Delta State House of Assembly, civil society organizations, traditional rulers, private individuals, corporate organizations, professional bodies and NGOs, amongst others.
The participatory citizens budget was presented by the State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Barry Pere Gbe. The budget has a total summary of N395.5b with a deficit of N50.5b and a total revenue/grant of N344.9b with funds spread across all sectors and senatorial districts of the State.
CEPEJ which was invited among other NGO’s and CSOs applauded the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the Economic Team chaired by the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Barry Pere Gbe for organizing the State participatory citizens budget, and for involving the citizens in its preparation. CEPEJ however charged the State Government to allocate more funds to the health sector, especially now that COVID-19, a coronavirus is ravaging the world.
CEPEJ, represented by its Programme Manager, Mr Samuel Ideh, also charged the State Government to site development projects more in the coastal and riverine areas of the State, which it said were mostly marginalized in budgetary allocations.