Earlier today (Tuesday), Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, presented the 2016 budget to members of the Oyo state House of Assembly, he called it the budget of renewed commitment.
In his presentation, Governor Ajimobi said his administration will be focusing on four cardinal points – Agriculture for food security, Poverty alleviation, Education, and Infrastructural development.
He disclosed that in the incoming year, his government will restructure the civil service with the aim of enhancing performances and consolidation of strategic alliances.
Admitting the high unemployment rate in the state, the governor said in the New Year, his government would pursue job creation through strategic partnership with the private sector.
Explaining the emphasis being placed on agriculture in the incoming year, Ajimobi announced the state government has secured a viable partnership on agricultural development to kickstart in 2016 and I began to ask myself whether he was referring to the one with IITA as reported by IBPulse here.
On education, the governor announced that ongoing educational projects will be completed in 2016, while adding that more emphasis will be made on vocational training in the New Year.
“We will also focus on peace and security, which has been the hallmark of our administration,” Ajimobi added.
The governor said the 2016 budget was carefully structured towards consolidating on the gains of the previous years.
“In the last 4 years of our administration, infrastructural development and particularly roads have been a major focus,” Ajimobi told Oyo lawmakers.
The governor noted that as with the whole country, Oyo state has been affected by the price of oil and going into 2016, Ajimobi said there would be purposeful streamlining of public expenditure.
“Currently, as we get funds from the federal government, deductions are made instantaneously. The current fiscal reality demands more commitment and discipline which is why in 2016, projects will be awarded on the basis of importance and priority to important sectors,” Ajimobi said.
In other words he won’t be ‘spraying’ money anytime soon.
In his remark, Hon Olusegun commended the governor for placing timely emphasis on agriculture.
“Your emphasis on agriculture has stated in your budget is timely as food security [and employment]is what is most desired,” the speaker said.
Hon Fatai Adesina promised that the house will review the proposed budget and will act accordingly.