Education, health take larger chunk as Oyetola presents N109.9bn budget for 2021

Governor Gboyega Oyetola presenting the budget before the House
Education, health take larger chunk as Oyetola presents N109.9bn budget for 2021
By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
Lawmakers and other guests at the Osun State House of Assembly
Lawmakers and other guests at the Osun State House of Assembly
The Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Tuesday presented a total sum of one hundred and nine billion, eight hundred and fifty-five million, fifty-four thousand, six hundred and forty naira (N109,854,051,640.00) as 2021 appropriation estimates to the State House of Assembly.
This is even as the Governor unveiled a bumper plan of his administration for the youth segment of the State’s population christened Youth Empowerment, Youth Engagement, Youth Enterpreneuship and Youth Education (4Es).
Christened “Budget of Providence”, the Appropriation Bill puts recurrent expenditure at N50,620,283,140.00 representing 46 percent, while capital expenditure was N59,234,768,500.00 representing 54 percent.
The breakdown of the budget indicated that the education and health sectors got substantial shares as N10,711,328,430.00 representing 18.08 percent was allocated for education sector while health sector received N10,647,909,910.00 representing 17.98 percent.
Similarly, N4,271,461,870.00 representing 7.21 percent was earmarked for infrastructure sector while Water and Sanitation sector got N4,220,446,550.00.
The sum of N3,404,734,560.00 representing 5.75 percent was budgeted for agriculture sector; N1,134,043,200.00 representing 1.91 percent for Commence and Industry sector; N1,515,122,570.00 representing 2.56 percent for Governance and Administration; N173,035,800.00 representing 0.29 percent for Economic Planning and Budget sector; N167,247,560.00 representing 0.28 percent for Environment sector; and N638,460,000.00 representing 1.08 percent for Social Development and Welfare sector.
Also, N1, 487,110,159.00, representing 2 percent of the total budget has been earmarked for youth related activities.
Furthermore, N134,379,500.00 representing 0.23  percent was budgeted for Security Justice sector and N155,830,830.00 representing 0.62 percent for Information and Communication sector.
It will be recalled that the state government presented a total sum of one hundred and nineteen billion, five hundred and fifty million, four hundred and one thousand and forty naira N119,550,401,040.00 as 2020 Budget which was later reviewed, thus reducing the total size to eighty-two billion, two hundred and twenty nine million and seventy thousand, seven hundred and sixty naira N82,229,070,760.00
Presenting the 30th Annual Appropriation Bill before the members of the State House of Assembly, Governor Oyetola said the 2021 Draft Budget was crafted based on the State of Osun Development Plan (2019-2028).
Governor Gboyega Oyetola presenting the budget before the House
Governor Gboyega Oyetola presenting the budget before the House
He said that the appropriation bill was also crafted in line with the Medium Term Sector Strategy (2021-2023); the administration’s manifesto; “Thank You Tour report” as well as the Citizens’ Need Assessment carried out in the 30 Local Governments plus one Area Office of the State.
Speaking on the main features of the budget, Oyetola said inputs were sought from various stakeholders in the process of the formulation of the Appropriation Bill being presented.
He called on the residents regardless of status to support the government in its efforts to jerk up the Internally Generated Revenue.
On his plans to provide jobs and the good life for the citizens and the youth, Governor Oyetola said,  ”Despite the current economic situation, the Government will remain undaunted and resolute to provide sustainable livelihood and economic mainstay for the citizenry, most importantly, our teeming youth population.
”In that direction, I have recently flagged off the commencement of the International Trade Centre, Dagbolu. The Trade Centre, commencing from the next two months, will generate not less than 10,000 new jobs, 80 per cent of which will go to our youths in the State through the Dry Port, Car Marts, sundry commodity merchandises, ware housing and logistics.
”In view of the fact that the youthful population of Osun State is one of the greatest assets of the State in its economic diversification agenda, it is pertinent for Government to mainstream them into the State’s socio-economic activities. Thus, the State is poised to vigorously promote the Youth Export Development Programme (YEXDEP) in the State to enhance the contributions of the State’s youths to the non-oil export sub-sector of the economy.
“To   show   our   government’s seriousness and commitment, a sum of N1, 487,110,159.00  has been earmarked for youth related activities in the 2021 Budget proposal,” adding that the interventions will be in Mining, Agriculture, and Skills upgrade  and   Entrepreneurship  Development  programme  for youths (supported by MSME/BOI Fund) among others.
He also disclosed his administration’s plan to construct a flyover bridge at the popular Olaya junction in Osogbo, the State capital, in continuation of the government’s massive infrastructure development in the State.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, said the legislative arm of the State government was impressed by performance index of the 2020 budget, which was 85.4 percent as at September ending, describing it as a laudable feat.
He maintained that the 2020 budget, tagged “Budget of Restoration”, did not betray its nomenclature particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that the government was also able to embark on numerous capital projects, fulfill its obligation and make life meaningful for the people.
He also commended the administration for prompt payment of salaries, pension, and the recent increase in workers’ salaries across the State.
According to Owoeye, “for us to be able to fund the 2021 budget estimates, our revenue generating agencies must come up with new and citizen-friendly ideas on how to generate more revenue to help us fill the gap. We are also more than willing to help in reviewing laws guiding the mode of operation of these agencies to enhance their delivery.
“Your Excellency (Oyetola), rising from the success of your 1st Economic Summit with strong focus on Mining, Agriculture and Tourism, I want to charge you to begin the process of the 2nd edition to enable us consolidate on the gains we’ve made. It is also important for us to increase our ease of doing business ranking and remove all the bottlenecks that may scare investors away.
“However, these are trying times for us as a people and what we recently witnessed is
something that will forever play in our subconsciousness. However, this is not the time to cow, it is the time to rise up and lead responsibly.
“Rising from the euphoria that trailed the #EndSARS protests across the country, it is
noteworthy that the agitation was not only about police brutality but also a resentment for bad governance over time in our nation.
‘Of all the ills that kill the poor, none is as lethal as bad governance’ This 1999 quote from
The Economist has explained why the ruling class must live up to its responsibility of providing good governance that would translate into gainful employment for our teeming youth, great standard of living for the citizenry and basic life amenities,” the Speaker said.

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