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Akeredolu constructed over 80km of roads in less than 3 years – Commissioner

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Mr Emmanuel Igbasan, Ondo State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, said that the Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration had constructed more than 80 kilometres of roads across the state in less three years in office.

Igbasan stated this in Akure during his ministry’s consultative meeting with the organised private sector, trade unions and professional bodies in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the agenda of the meeting was on 2020-2022 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the 2020 budget.

The commissioner noted that the consultative meeting was important to ensure that everyone was carried along in government’s programmes and activities.

He promised that government would continue to prioritise the welfare of the people and continue to do its best to improve infrastructure in the state.

Igbasan disclosed that government had also constructed and renovated about 800 out of 1,325 public primary schools, with provision of water, toilet facilities and modern learning equipment.

He assured that the 2020 budget would be targeted at policies and programmes that would have direct positive impact on the citizens.

Igbasan, who reiterated government’s commitment to industrialising the state, said that this had led to the Ore industrial hub, where about five companies had commenced operations, with the capacity to employ about 25,000 people.

According to him, government has been able to improve the healthcare system in the state by increasing the number of mother and child hospitals to seven.

Igbasan said that the Gov. Akeredolu was strongly committed to ensuring that the citizens’ rights and privileges were given to them within the financial capacity of the state.

He, therefore, called on various organisations and groups in the society to come up with their priorities and contributions to achieve an all-inclusive budget that would further develop the state and improve the living standard of the people.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Bunmi Alade, had explained that the aim of the annual interactive session was to brainstorm on how to improve on the implementation of budget and set a template for development.

Also, the Director of Budget, Mr Stephen Aworere, while presenting the 2020-2022 MTEF and the 2020 budget projections, stated that the MTEF was a three-year planning tool used in the estimation of aggregate resource envelope available to government.

He stated that the rationale behind the adoption of MTEF included the accurate estimation of resources available to the state within the medium term planning horizon.

GSD/MA/WAS

Edited by Muftau Adediran and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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