Barely two days after Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo presented the 2020 Budget Proposal to the State House of Assembly, strong indications have emerged that the Governor might have presented the summary and not the details of the budget.
A source in the Assembly confirmed to Uhuru Times that the budget was not yet ready, alleging that what the Governor submitted to the House was a mere summary and not the full details of the budget.
When Uhuru Times asked the lawmaker for the details of the budget, he simply said, “Only the summary is ready with us (lawmakers). Each MDAs (Ministries, Departments and Agencies) and Ministry will submit the breakdown soon and defence will follow.”
The lawmaker who spoke under the condition of anonymity added, “The presentation just happened today (Tuesday). We (lawmakers) will get the clean bill as we proceed.”
But the lawmaker assured that the Assembly would do due diligence to the Appropriation Bill and not just be rubber stamp Assembly.
Another source working with one of the MDAs said the full details of proposed budget cannot be ready yet “because the Treasury Board meeting just took place last Monday”.
He added, “They (MDAs and Ministries) still need little time to work this out. The Governor simply presented the summary so as not to miss the fiscal year.”
Reacting to the implication of the delayed budget, Adetomiwa Adetilewa, said the Governor’s action is a violation of the constitution.
Adetomiwa, a finance expert added, “It shows that our Governor wasn’t prepared for governance. Even the budget speech document that was sent to journalists had lots of mathematical errors in it.”
His words, “It is revealing the disorganised nature of our stillbirth government. A symptom of lack of Commissioners and other political appointees coupled with lack of seriousness and readiness to govern”.
He faulted Governor Abiodun’s decision to fund 57 per cent of the budget with Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) proposed at N254.946billion, saying “it is not achievable.”
“The budget is full of deception. The government didn’t generate N70billion this year, nothing is changing both personnel and tax rate. How will he now generate N254billion next year to fund the budget?
“There is no loan or debt servicing amount in the budget which is another deception unless he wants to say that we don’t have loan we are servicing”, Adetomiwa said.
But reacting to the allegation that the proposed budget was not yet ready, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin denied the allegations, saying “that is not true.”
“The budget is ready. The Governor presented the full details of the budget to the Assembly. If anybody is saying the budget is not ready, let them confirm with the leadership of the House of Assembly,” Somorin affirmed.