Youths in Ogun State have demanded for 80 percent implementation of budgets in the State to avoid what they described as waste or mismanagement of resources.
The youths, under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Ogun State chapter, spoke on Friday, at a stakeholders’ meeting, organised by the government for the people of Ogun Central Senatorial District to have their inputs in the year 2020 budget.
The Chairman of the NYCN in the State, Comrade Adeleke Adebajo who spoke on behalf of the youths lamented that both the State and the Federal governments had neglected budget implementation resulting in waste of money and resources.
His words, “One aspect of budget planning that the government always neglect is proper implementation. The failure of government to achieve optimum budget implementation has given rise to reoccurrence expenditures.
Adebajo also called on the government to involve Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Advocacy groups and religious bodies, among others in monitoring the implementation of the budget.
To avoid reoccurrence expenditure, Adebajo said, “government must ensure that budgets are implemented at least up to 70 to 80 percent.”
“The other thing that the government must also do, is to involve Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Advocacy groups and religious bodies, among others to monitor the implementation of the budget.
Adebajo also implored the government to evaluate the budget from time to time to prevent the diversion of resources meant for certain projects.
Governor Dapo Abiodun earlier in his address, reiterated that his administration would ensure the completion of all the abandoned projects embarked upon by the previous administration.
“Let me also reassure our people that we will not abandon all inherited projects that have bearing and which will impact the development of our dear State, positively,” Governor Abiodun said.
The Governor emphasised that the budget would have the inputs of the people, saying “Your views and inputs are important factors and will be incorporated into the 2020 Budget estimates which will subsequently manifest in desired outcomes in each of the three Senatorial districts.”
He added, “Our Administration remains irrevocably committed to good governance based on prudent public financial management, provision of conducive environment for individual prosperity of the people of Ogun State and the wholesome development of our dear State.”