Ben Ezechime, Enugu
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has presented a budget of N166,602, 416,607 for 2023 to the State House of Assembly.
The budget is 10.17 per cent lower than that of the outgoing 2022 fiscal year.
Presenting the budget to the Assembly, Ugwuanyi said he hoped the incoming administration would consolidate on his achievements.
Presenting the budget tagged, “Consolidation and Transition,” Ugwuanyi said that out of the fiscal estimate, capital expenditure would gulp N84,698,613,400.00, while the recurrent expenditure is pegged at N81,903,799,370.00.
He described the sixth and seventh assembly in the state as the bedrock of his administration because of the synergy and harmonious relationship that exist between the executive and the legislature in the past seven and half years of his tenure.
“You have been the bedrock of our administration. You created a harmonious working relationship for my administration.”
He said that the greatest achievement of his administration is the listing of the state among the oil producing states to enjoy the 13 per cent derivation of oil producing states.
Ugwuanyi who appraised the performance of the last year’s budget, said that the state would curb the raging insecurity by working in collaboration with security agencies.
On education, Gov. Ugwuanyi said he would be leaving a huge legacy with the establishment of a University of Medical and Applied Sciences, SUMAS at Igboano.
The governor said that his administration spent over a billion naira to support food production in this year’s budget, while the government spent over N500 million on CSDP and FADAMA.
Speaking, the Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi, extolled the Governor who he said performed well in all ramifications.
Ubosi particularly thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for prudence in managing the state resources because, according to him, while other state governors were busy borrowing money to finance projects and put future administrations in debt, Ugwuanyi would not indulge in such financial recklessness.