Enugu Governor Allocates 33% Of Budget To Education

Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has presented a N521.5 billion 2024 budget to the House of Assembly for approval.

Mr Mbah made the presentation on Tuesday at the assembly chamber in Enugu.

The immediate past governor of the state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, submitted the N166.6 billion 2023 budget to the Assembly in December 2022.

However, in September 2023, the Assembly passed a supplementary budget of over N58 billion submitted by Governor Mbah to bring the total 2023 budget to N224.6 billion.

But Mr Mbah, while presenting the 2024 budget, titled, Budget of Disruptive Economic Growth, said the new budget recorded a 132 per cent increase from the 2023 revised budget.

The governor said the 2023 budget helped his administration to record some achievements, citing the recent inauguration of the state’s water scheme, and awarding of contracts for the construction of over 81 roads, among others.

He noted that the 2024 budget has a recurrent expenditure of N107.2 billion, accounting for about 20 per cent, while capital expenditure stood at N414.34 billion which accounts for about 80 per cent.

The governor said the capital expenditure would be funded with a consolidated revenue fund and capital receipts which include external and internal aid, grants, public-private partnerships, and domestic and international loans.

Sectoral allocations

Mr Mbah said, that out of the capital expenditure, a total of N20.8 billion was budgeted for the administration sector, N207.8 billion for the economic sector, N1.2 billion for the law and justice sector, N1.1 billion for the regional sector and N182.9 billion for the social services sector.

The governor added that N134.5 billion was budgeted for the education sector, accounting for about 33 per cent of the total budget. In contrast, N21.7 billion was budgeted for the health sector to expand access to healthcare services and boost response to health emergencies in the state.

“In essence, we have commenced the construction of 260 type-two healthcare centres across 260 wards in the state to cater for the health needs of our rural communities,” he said.

He explained that the educational sector received increased budgeting as a result of his administration’s plan to revive education in the state.

“In line with our commitment to reinvent our education system in Enugu State, we are constructing 260 smart modern schools across the 260 wards in the state which will be among the best in the country,” he stated.

The governor said, that to drive infrastructural development in the state, he budgeted N82.5 billion for road construction and maintenance as well as rehabilitation of public buildings across the state.

He also said his administration budgeted a total of N28.9 billion for the enhancement of the state’s water sector.

“This investment will ensure the expansion of the current water scheme by boosting water reticulation across the Enugu metropolis,” he said.

Mr Mbah also said a total of N25.1 billion was budgeted for the agriculture sector which he explained was intended to encourage self-sufficiency and economic diversification.

The governor said the budget will assist his administration in establishing special agro-processing zones in each of the three senatorial districts in the state and consequently boost job creation.

“The zones will support farmers with modern techniques, infrastructure and market access, ultimately boosting food production and creating employment opportunities,” he stated.

In his remark, the Speaker of the Assembly, Uche Ugwu, commended the governor for his achievements in the state so far.

Mr Ugwu assured the governor that the Assembly would support his administration particularly in the fight against poverty in the state and in fulfilling other promises of his administration.

The speaker said the fact that the budget size was “unusually big” indicates that it is now “business unusual” in the state.

“On behalf of the members of this hallowed chamber, I promise that we shall give this budget an accelerated hearing so that you will continue to serve our people,” the speaker assured the governor.

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