The Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration in Ogun State, has proposed N305 billion budget for 2019, with education taking the lion share of N66.9 billion. The proposed budget is N38 million lower than the previous year.
Commissioner for Budget Planning, Ms. Adenrele Adesina, who made the disclosure at the 2018 Treasury Board Meeting in Abeokuta, the state capital added that education budget is N78.9 billion lower than that of last year.
Adesina, who said that the budget is targeting 75 percent performance, added that personnel cost in the budget stands at N35.9 billion, which is against N35.5 billion in the 2018 budget.
It is expected that the Ministry of Health will spend N17b, while Agriculture will spend N20.9b, housing and rural development will spend N36b and N52b respectively.
Amosun, who also spoke during the crucial budget meeting added that the 2019 budget will be used to complete the ongoing projects across the state.
The governor also disclosed that his administration had offest the cooperative deductions of civil servants with N11.8b out of the N17.3b received from the last tranche of the Paris Club refund.
He explained that N6.8b was paid for deductions of civil servants and local government workers, while the balance was used in offsetting the deductions of retired civil servants.
While assuring to offset the balance of N450m and N460m cooperative deductions to local government workers and civil servants respectively, before the expiration of his tenure, Amosun said he had paid N11.8 billion between Friday last week and Monday.