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Ogun govt spends N15 billion on projects

06 December 2016, 20:35

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 duties.

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,” he said. 

 

 

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