Makinde Assents to N438.4bn 2024 Appropriation Bill

Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has signed the N438.4b budget, declaring that his administration will demonstrate total fidelity in implementing the budget and ensuring that the state achieves its vision of a well recovered economy.

He noted that the budget was prepared after the state had put into consideration the economic situation at the national level and the challenges facing the people.

The governor stated this on Friday, during the budget signing ceremony held at the Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan, noting that the budget possessed robustness and demonstrated responsiveness to the situation on ground.

He added that his administration inherited a budget performance of 35 per cent, but succeeded in raising the bar to about 75 per cent in 2023, assuring residents of the state that the government would target 80 per cent budget performance in 2024.

The governor lauded the House of Assembly for its doggedness in scrutinising and passing the budget in good time, saying: “The content of this budget took into consideration the economic situations we are currently faced with, which started around the middle of the year.

“A new government came in; removed fuel subsidy and stopped the policy of pegging the US Dollar to a Naira and that created a lot of challenges for us.

“You would all recall that the Labour unions were agitated and that is to show you the seriousness of the issues. And so, we had to reach out, appeal for understanding. But the outcome is that we gave a wage award, initially for six months and discussion is still ongoing.

“We have to find a more sustainable way to deal with what we are facing. So, this is a Budget that will, apart from anticipating some of the things that will come up, have the robustness to demonstrate that we are quite responsive to what is going on.

“When we came in four years ago, we were faced with identical issues; we met on the ground the issue of new minimum wage and consequential adjustment and we dealt with it.

“So, this second tenure also, we are starting on a similar note; we are faced with problems that are still out there and we will address the problems and find lasting solutions.”

The governor called for the support and understanding of all the critical stakeholders and residents of the state, noting that his government would be open and accountable to the people.

“It is on this note that I will call on the Labour unions, the critical stakeholders for support. They should support us and not be against us, because it is a problem for all of us.

“I am using this opportunity to appeal for your understanding, for your support and from my own side; I promise that we would be completely open.

“I will on this note proceed to sign into Law the 2024 Appropriation as passed by the House of Assmbly as a demonstration of peace with the House and I also know that the House will reciprocate by ensuring that you give your support to the Executive,” the governor said.

Governor Makinde had, on December 5, 2023, presented a budget sstimate of N434.2 Billion to the House of Assembly, tagged Budget of Economic Recovery.

The Assembly, however, passed the Appropriation Bill to the tune of N438,447,878,548.39, into law on Tuesday.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, said the House gave the budget a passage without compromising on due diligence, as it interfaced with all ministries, departments and sgencies of government before arriving at the final amount.

He assured that the legislative arm would sustain collaboration with the executive to deliver the budget and also strengthen the oversight function of the House.

In attendance at the event were top members of the executive arm.