The commissioner for Economic Planning in Delta State, Dr Kingsley Emu, yesterday said that abandoned projects would not be entertained in the 2019 budget of the state.
Emu made the statement at the state’s budget defense meeting for 2019 fiscal year in Asaba.
According to the commissioner, the present administration in the state had in the last few years, ensured that no project is abandoned. “It is customary to have a budget defense session as part of budgeting and we started quarterly collation of performances since April to evaluate our performance.
“We had an expanded session in July where the template, which contained the details of the proposed budget, was distributed to all ministries, departments and agencies.
“The essence of all these was to ensure that all projects from the inception of this administration, which still has about 25 per cent payment outstanding, are fully captured in the 2019 proposed budget,’’ he said.
The commissioner also said that the 2019 proposed budget was about N363.5 billion. A break down revealed that N202 billion was set aside for capital expenditure and N160.5 billion for recurrent expenditure. Also, about 60 per cent of the budget is for old and existing debts.
According to him, major projects, such as the new state secretariat under construction, the storm water drainage and the Asaba Airport project, which had a life span of one year, must come into the 2019 budget under special arrangement.
Emu also said that in the last three and half years, the state government had started the process of addressing some of the items on the legacy debt.
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