The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has said that the 2023 budget is more important than the previous ones in the state.
Abiodun said in the 2023 budget, the state requires a holistic constitution of the people’s needs and judicious application of the limited resources to areas that bear on the welfare of the citizenry.
He, however, said that no fewer than 203 inputs representing 95 percent of demands made at the citizens’ town hall meetings held across the four divisions of the state have been incorporated into the budget proposal for the year 2023.
Abiodun stated this on Wednesday at the Treasury Board meeting held at the Obas’ Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
He said the Town Hall meeting also served as a significant aspect of his administration’s inclusive governance in budget preparation. Abiodun further explained that the Medium Term Expenditure Framework was not meant to produce a budget, but how to develop good policies through the retooling of the budget.
He said, “it is essential to think of each stage of the budget process in terms of roles in developing and implementing the state policies.
“It is imperative that adequate funds are located in areas that would have a direct impact on the socio-economic well-being of the people.
“The 2023 budget is more critical than the previous ones in the state. It requires a holistic constitution of the people’s needs and judicious application of the limited resources to areas that bear on the welfare of the citizenry.” he said.