Abeokuta - The Ogun government said on
Tuesday that it had slated N15 billion for special projects like
airstrip/airport, cargo airport, light rail, Olokola Free Trade Zone and
social-safety net in 2017.
Its Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Leke Adewolu,
announced the plan while defending the 2017 budget proposal before the state
assembly committee on finance and appropriation.
Adewolu said that the amount was also meant to cater for the
home grown school feeding programme in the three senatorial zones.
He said that there would also be direct cash transfers
monthly to targeted poor and vulnerable households, adding that all the
projects would be under the capital expenditure of the ministry of special
He explained that the sum of N16.7 billion had been
earmarked for capital expenditure while N1.3 billion would cater for recurrent
expenditure, saying that the total expenditure amounted to N18.057 billion.
The commissioner said that the government would continue to
maintain existing public buildings and construction of new ones to provide the
enabling environment for enhanced productivity.
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“The ministry will also improve on mass transportation with
the introduction of light rail system and construction of an airport.
“We will also complete ongoing recreational facilities and
construction of new ones to promote sporting activities and healthy life styles
among the citizens,” he said.
Also defending the budget of his ministry, the
Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Mr Gbenga Adenmosun,
said that the total expenditure for 2017 amounted to N532 million.
Adenmosun explained that N365 million was for recurrent
expenditures while N167 million had been earmarked for capital expenditure.
The commissioner said that the ministry would empower and
encourage community development associations through capacity building and
funding for rural and urban transformation.
“We will also provide micro-credit to cooperative societies
and traders’ associations for enhanced business activities to reduce poverty,”