Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yestetday assented to the state’s 2017 budget estimates, reiterating the commitment of his administration to the full implementation of the appropriation law for the benefit of the people of the state, whom he described as the true heroes of democracy.
Presenting the budget for the governor’s assent at the Government House, Enugu, speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, commended him for the ways he has been managing the lean resources of the state.
The speaker also applauded the professionalism displayed by the state’s budget office and the state executive council members during the budget defence, adding that the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature in the state is commendable.
In his remark, Governor Ugwuanyi commended the legislators for the thorough and speedy passage of the budget and assured that the budget will be fully implemented to realise the overall objectives of developing the state for the overall interest of the people.
The governor had on December 23, 2016 presented a budget estimate of N105.719billion tagged, “Budget of Economic Recovery and Inclusive Development” to Enugu State House of Assembly, explaining that the budget was so christened to reflect the determination to make huge investments in physical and social infrastructure both at State and Local Governments to stimulate economic activities at all levels for inclusive economic growth.
He had assured the people of the state that “the outcome of successful execution of the projects in this regard as articulated in the 2017 Budget will impact positively on the lives of our people in the 17 Local Government Areas of the State”.
Governor Ugwuanyi further hinted that “attention will also be given to job creation through small and medium entrepreneurship development, skill acquisition and youth empowerment. We will also leverage on Public Private Partnership in agriculture, real estate development, and commerce and industry to drive our commitment to transform the State from public to private sector economy,” just as he assured that within the fiscal year, the high level of security in the State will be sustained and made more formidable.