Oyo government promises open budgetary system

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Oyo State government says it will run an all-inclusive budgetary system that will put into consideration the overall needs of its citizens, to achieve the set target.

The Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr Adeniyi Farinto, gave the assurance while receiving delegates from the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN, Commission, who paid him a courtesy visit in his Agodi Secretariat Office, Ibadan.

The visit was to intimate the Commissioner with their findings and recommendations on how Oyo State, as a member State of the Southwestern regional body, could have a strong planning and budgeting architecture to enhance the growth of the sectors.

Responding, the Commissioner said that the establishment of budget and planning, as an arm of the Ministry of Finance, has put in place what he called ‘check and balance’ system for the Seyi Makinde-led administration to run an open, participatory, transparent and inclusive government.

 “The two arms: Budget and Planning, combined together will synergize so that we can have a Budget that will be derived from strategic planning and will be open to the public,’’ Farinto said.

He noted that there would be proper coordination of all departments in the area of data, projects, monitoring and evaluation so that whatever is budgeted for would be the needs of the citizens.

The Commissioner said; “This will make the citizens happy with government’s projects because such projects are the real needs of the people rather than projects embarked upon without carrying the citizens along.”

The commissioner added that the administration was brought in by popular votes of the people and it must do the biddings of the generality of the people of the State.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mrs Mofoluke Adebiyi said the establishment of a Ministry of Budget and Planning was essential for proper inclusive socio-economic system and for the development of the State.

The spokesperson of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission, Mr Tosin Oke applauded the State government for the successful feat of establishing a single institution, targeted at coordinating budget and planning which the State hitherto lacked.

Oke however, urged the Commissioner to facilitate the quick preparation of the State development plan, which would enhance the implementation of State projects and programs.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere