Lagos - The Executive Chairman, Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr Olajide Jimoh, on Monday in Lagos presented the 2013 budget proposal of N2.08 billion to the council’s legislative arm.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the budget focused on empowerment and poverty alleviation, improvement of primary education and staff welfare.
"The budget will also take care of health facilities; environmental and infrastructure facilities, as well as security of lives and property.
"We have dubbed the 2013 budget proposal 'Budget of Prosperity' because we intend to continue to create an environment that will make our people rich and successful," Jimoh said.
The chairman also gave reasons why more funds were allocated to environment, than were allocated to health.
"Environment got more than health because a clean environment promotes good health and we cannot afford to allow the blockage of our drains.
"This is because no one can predict what the rain will do in 2013," he said.
Jimoh further disclosed that education, security, empowerment and poverty alleviation were respectively given adequate attention.
"We are not sparing any effort to make the lives of residents of Yaba better. That is why empowerment and poverty alleviation are a major priority of my administration," he said.
The chairman said the budget was presented early to fast-track the passage and signing of the budget, so that development programmes could kick off in January 2013.
"For a budget to be judiciously implemented and properly managed, it must be ready and available for use from the beginning of the year.
"This will not only promote good development, but accountability also. It will also reduce fraud and corruption," he said.
Jimoh advised all stakeholders and residents in the area to dedicate their energies toward uplifting both the council and their status.