Towards 2018 Budget: Our Thrust Is On Value-Adding Projects -Emu
THE Delta State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Kingsley Emu, has said that the state government would continue to give priority attention to the execution of projects that will add value to the lives of the people in the next fiscal year.
Dr. Emu gave the assurance yesterday while declaring open the 2018 budget defence for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Asaba.
The commissioner asked all ministries and agencies to examine their budgetary proposals and concentrate on projects with direct bearing on the lives of the people, saying that the scarce resources of government should be prudently allocated to projects capable of impacting on the people.
In his presentation, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, stressed the need for adequate funding of the state Ministry of Information to enable it perform its duty of promoting and projecting government’s policies, achievements, programmes and activities.
The commissioner said that all information disseminating organs of government would be galvanised to counter the negative publicity being orchestrated by mischievous
individuals and critics of the government on the social media.
Mr. Ukah said that the flood that devastated Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba caused monumental damage to high definition equipment, adding, however, that due to the proactive measures adopted by government, Delta Radio and Television, were back on air.
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Engr. Jude Sinebe, who also appeared before the panel, affirmed the determination of government to provide qualitative and effective
education for Deltans, assuring that the ministry would continue to place high premium on standards and performance.
While calling for increased budgetary allocation to the ministry, thecommissioner explained that government would continue to pay more attention to the development of infrastructure in public tertiary institutions in the state.
On his part, the Commissioner for Power and Energy, Barr. Newworld Safugha, highlighted the challenges bedevilling the provision of energy for the people.
Safugha said that concerted efforts were being put in place to mitigate the plight of the people as a result of power outage and assured that the state government would continue to address power problems and enhance the quality of lives of the people and advocated for more funding of the power and energy sector.