We’ll Be Critical In Approving 2015 Budget – Osun Assembly

najeem-214x300The State of Osun House of Assembly has said that the state parliament would be critical in giving approval to the 2015 budget estimates proposal of different ministries and agencies of government.

Speaker of the Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam, stated this while declaring open the 2015 budget defence exercise ‎of the state ministries and agencies before the House.

The Speaker said the parliament would take critical look into details of budget estimates brought before it, with a view to ensuring that only the estimates that are realistic would be approved.

According to him, the Assembly would prioritise only budgets that are implementable, saying, upward or downward adjustments would be made in the budget estimates where necessary.

The Speaker further stressed that considering the dwindling resources of the state, the Assembly would give approval to only the estimates that have direct impact on the people of the state.

In his remarks, Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Honourable Kamil Oyedele, charged the various ministries to ensure direct implementation of the allocated funds for projects meant for the development of the state.

Oyedele, who chaired the exercise, however, implored them to continue to support the government of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in his bid to further bring unprecedented development to the state, as they are partners in progress.

While presenting its budget estimate for 2015 for defence before the state legislature, the state Ministry of Education‎, led by the Permanent Secretary, Lawrence Oyeniran, presented budget estimate of N451.7 million as revenue and N4.6 billion as expenditure.

Also, Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH‎), led by its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adeniyi Gbadegesin, presented N10.4 billion as total revenue and N10.4 billion as expenditure.

Also, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), led by its Chairman, Prince Felix Awofisayo, presented N8.2 billion as revenue and N8.02 billion as expenditure for the year, of which the construction of new model schools take N4 billion.

Other agencies and parastatals that presented their 2015 budget estimates during the exercise included Osun State Mass Education Agency‎; Teachers’ Establishment and Pension Office; Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke; Osun State Polytechnic, Iree; Osun West Education District, Osun East Education District and Osun Central Education District.

Meanwhile, the assembly deferred the appearance of the Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun and Osun State College of Education, Ilesa for the budget defence exercise due to some pending unresolved