Delta Governor, Uduaghan, signs N472bn 2013 budget

Emmanuel Uduaghan is the governor of Delta state

The Delta State Governor signed the budget on Monday

The Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Monday signed the state’s 2013 Appropriation Bill into law.

Mr. Uduaghan signed the budget sum of N472 billion, which was passed by the state House of Assembly in February.

The budget breakdown shows the state is expected to spend 67 per cent of the sum,  N315.6 billion, on capital projects, while recurrent expenditure would  gulp N156. 4 billion, 33 per cent of the budget.

“We want to do more of Capital Projects and spend less on recurrent expenditure,” the governor said. “This is a big challenge, we are setting up structure that will weed out all ghost workers. Indeed we reduced recurrent to 37% and increased Capital to 67%.”

The governor described the budget as a “deficit one.”

He added that the state would work hard to improve its internally generated revenue to take care of salaries and emoluments while the state’s share of the Federal Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, would take care of capital expenditure.

The governor, admitting the huge wage bill of political appointees, said  he would explore alternative ways to compensate politicians other than appointments.

He called for “patience on political appointments” and said he would “weed the state of ghost workers.”

He also signed the  Delta State Multi-Door Court House Bill and the Delta State Engineering Project Monitoring and Control Board Bill into law.

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