By Festus Ahon
ASABA—SPEAKER of Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, has said that the House was committed to the overall economic development of the state.
Speaking at a one-day training workshop on the Principles and Framework of Public Financial Management Reforms organised by the Delta State Government in partnership with the World Bank and European Union, EU, sponsored State Employment and Expenditures For Results, SEEFOR, for members of the state House of Assembly in Asaba, Oborevwori said that the state legislature believes strongly in the World Bank and EU sponsored SEEFOR projects.
Commending the state government, the World Bank and EU for organising the workshop, the Speaker said that the workshop was critical at this particular time of the nation’s economy.
He added that the lawmakers would take the outcome of the workshop seriously.
Oborevwori said: “As a vibrant House, we believe in reforms and that is why we are ready to key into this sensitisation workshop as it is in tandem with the state government’s SMART agenda.”
Declaring the workshop with the theme, Public Financial Management Reforms: The Delta State Perspective, open, the state Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr Kingsley Emu, said that the workshop was apt and timely given the current economic challenge in the country, adding that it will help in ensuring that both the executive and legislative arms of government in the state were on the same page in terms of public financial management.
Emu said it will also help to engender robust and realistic financial planning as well as enhance strict discipline in budgeting which according to him, has been the hallmark of the current administration in the state.
His words: “The main import of this sensitisation workshop is for both the executive and the legislature to be on the same page, particularly as it relates to public financial management. As you already know, public financial management is everybody’s business. In the history of this country, there is never a time anybody wished a reform, but this is the time.
“This is a period of strong fiscal challenge, so, all we can do is not to over blow the budget, rather, we should be specific on what we want to do and there must be strict discipline in budgeting. What this means is that today, in a recession, all we need to do is to plan as planning is the only option that can help us manage the recession.”