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Suswam blames economic crisis for 2009 budget’s poor showing

By Peter Duru
MAKURDI — Gover-nor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has ascribed the inability of his administration to actualise some basic provisions of the 2009 budget to the harrowing effects of the global economic crisis on the state’s revenue projections in the year.

Suswam, however, expressed optimism that the government would strive to meet its projections in the 2010 estimate.
Speaking while assenting to the N89.5 billion Appropriation Bill recently passed by the Benue State House of Assembly, the governor declared that government would strictly adhere to the provisions of the budget in order to ensure its full realisation.

He said: “What we have before us is a mere projective document and sometimes its provisions are not met just as in the case of last year’s budget which suffered the adversities of the global financial crisis.

“But this year, we hope to fully realise our projections in the budget, more so that this is an election year and we look forward to completing most of the projects we started as an administration.

“Hence, before we go to the elections, we want to present to the people our accomplishments in order to give us the basis to demand for the people’s mandate because we are determined to base our campaigns on tangible accomplishments and not rhetorics,” Suswam said.


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