Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi
By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
Works and Infrastructure yesterday received the highest allocation as the Enugu state government presented the appropriation bill of N82.9 billion for the 2013 fiscal year tagged Budget of Sustainability.
The budget which is made up of forty five billion naira recurrent expenditure or 55 percent of the budget size and thirty seven billion naira capital expenditure or forty five percent of the budget witnessed a slight increase of eight percent from last year’s budget of seventy six billion.
Speaking while presenting the budget estimate to the State House of Assembly, the Acting Governor of the state, Sunday Onyebuchi said the administration hoped to complete ongoing projects scattered across the state.
Explaining how the budget would be put to use, Onyebuchi said the construction of new governor's building would begin early next year, adding that work would continue in all the on-going projects like road constructions in both urban and rural areas.
He enumerated new road constructions to include Iheaka-Ibeagwa-Alor-Agu road, Agbani- Ihuokpara road, Nnewi-Oduma road, Uzouwani roads and Udenu ring road among others.
Also 37 communities would benefit from the proposed budget on rural electrification that would gulp N2.6b.
Onyebuchi said; "It is a dream for 2013 which may not address all our aspirations but has touched core priorities of our people."
Responding, the Speaker of the Enugu state House of Assembly, Mr. Eugune Odo noted that the 2012 implemented budget corresponded with the income of the state.
Odo pledged speedy passage of the appropriation bill, adding that the house members will continue its oversight functions to ensure that the budget is realized.
The speaker said the house will involve the civil society and the media in perusing the 2013 budget.