Ekiti State Government says the main focus of its N94.5b budget for 2017 is to complete all on-going projects that were designed to take Ekiti to a higher pedestal as well as guarantee the provision of social amenities, infrastructural development, education, agriculture and security of lives and property.
Presenting a detailed analysis of the budget in Ado Ekiti at the weekend, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Gbenga Olajide explained that the budget, tagged ‘Budget of Consolidation and higher Heights’ also placed emphasis on the welfare of the civil servants stressing that the administration was prepared to boost the morale of its workforce through clearance of backlog of promotion arrears of salaries of public servants in spite of the current economic recession in the country.
Olajide said the nearly N4 billion earmarked for the administrative sector in the budget would also facilitate the construction of perimeter fencing of the state secretariat and the Civil Service Commission complex, while utility vehicles and office furniture would also be provided to enhance productivity.
The commissioner reiterated the commitment of the Fayose led administration to the improvement and monitoring of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and blocking all leakages of government revenue.
He also assured of a proper monitoring of income an and expenditure of government for transparency, curtail extra-budgetary spending, boost quality of education, provide qualitative health service delivery and motivate the public service for effective and efficient service delivery as well as guarantee sustainable agriculture production with a view to ensuring food security, alleviating poverty, providing employment and encourage private sector participation in ensuring food security.