By Amarachi Ezeaputa, Enugu
Enugu State Government through its ministry of budget and planning has organised a one-day interface forum for its relevant stakeholders on 2020 budget preparations and fiscal planning.
The forum aimed at gathering the yearnings of the governed was held on Tuesday at Nike Lake Resort Hotel, Enugu and among other important activities, reviewed 2019 budget performance.
The stakeholders’ budget forum in line with the World Bank states fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainability program was approved by Enugu state government to strengthen fiscal transparency and accountability particularly through a participatory budgetary approach.
Delivering his address in the second edition of the forum, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi represented by the secretary to the state government, Prof Simon Ortuanya stated that his government has reinforced efforts in solidifying mutual relationship with state stakeholders to continue to witness steady developmental strides.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Dr. David Ugwunta said the forum became imperative due to the state government’s desire to ensure that necessary social and infrastructural demands are captured in the 2020 budget appropriation bill.
Giving a budget performance report released by the office of the accountant general, the Permanent Secretary, Enugu State Ministry Of Budget And Planning, Casmir Ugwu recalled that the 2019 budget appropriation bill estimated N109, 199, 243, 000.00 with N65,705, 900, 000.00 representing 60.00 % earmarked for recurrent expenditure and n43, 493, 343, 000.00 representing 40.00 % for capital expenditure.
Ugwu noted that within the first quarter and second quarter of the budget year, capital expenditure recorded 55.64 and 45 percentage performance respectively as a result of national elections whereas recurrent expenditure had an impressive outing out of the budgeted figure equivalent to 100 %.
Participants of the Forum including commissioners and representatives of MDAs, members of traditional rulers council and civil society organisation and president general’s demanded for various projects all bordering on basic amenities to be given extra attention in the 2020 budget.