BY DAYO JOHNSON
ONDO State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has read riot act to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, of government in the state, asking them to desist from the execution of projects which have no direct impact on the masses.
Rather, the Governor called for the strict adherence and speedy implementation of capital projects that have direct impact on the well-being of the people, saying “miscellaneous and other ancillary matters have been reduced to a mere 5 % of the entire Budget this year.”
Governor Mimiko gave the charge while declaring open a three-day workshop on the 2011 budget implementation, organised by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget for members of the State Executive Council and top officials of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
He said the need for transparency in the implementation of the budget could not be over-emphasized and urged top officials of MDAs and council members to brace up to perform their monitoring and supervisory roles effectively in order to meet the set objectives of government.
The governor pointed out that “the primarily aim was to ensure that the people of the state enjoy maximum dividends of democracy as embedded in the Caring Heart Budget II as the 2011 Budget was christened. We cannot but maintain transparency in our dealings to ensure that programmes and projects for which money is appropriated and released are properly executed.
It is not that you did not perform well in the implementation of 2010 budget, but there is always a room for improvement. The whole idea is to challenge you to do more.
The end result of the budget implementation is what matters; all our efforts would amount to nothing if eventually the desired goals are not achieved due to improper and poor budget implementation. At every level, we must endeavour to be more efficient, focused and result-oriented”.