By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, has appended his signature to the 2011 Appropriation Bill for the implementation of N112.7billion, 2011 budget, vowing that the state government will ensure that all projects are completed within the specified period.
The Governor who commended the leadership of the state House of Assembly for the expeditious approval of the budget, said that though the federal allocation accruing to states may not be enough to tackle the problems confronting the states, particularly as a result of the recent review in the salaries and wages of workers, but that the state government will ensure that it fulfill its obligations to the people of the state.
His words: “This is the first time we are signing a budget into law within the first month of the year. It has not happened before. In my first year in office, the budget was signed towards the end of April, by which time the rains had started and that had clear indications for capital projects. I believe Mr Speaker, you have made history. I think Mr Speaker and all the members of the House appreciate that whether we are in the legislative arm or the executive arm, we need to work together, once the issue is about the welfare of our people.
“The challenge for the executive arm is now to ensure that both the spirit and letter of this budget is truly translated. Let me assure the people of Edo State that we will remain vigilant and careful in ensuring that we eliminate wastages in the system,” he added.
Conserve funds as much as possible so that we can put resources where we can have the greatest impact for the greatest number of people in our state. I want to assure our people that this budget was specially designed to ensure that we complete the budget that has been started and where possible we initiate new ones” he said.