Mark Okoye

Mark Okoye, the Anambra State Commissioner for Planning and Budget, has said that the state government was targeting 90 percent budget implementation in next year’s financial year judging by the way the budget was structured to achieve economic development.

Okoye disclosed this in Awka on Monday while giving a rundown of the 2019 budget to journalists.

He said strategies had been mapped out to ensure the realisation of the 90 percent budget performance in the state, adding that a lot of resources would be deployed into capacity building, monitoring and evaluation of different projects and programmes in the state.

He also said that resources would be channeled into attracting more development partners as well as various counterpart contributions on various partnership programmes even as he noted that the 2019 Appropriation Bill presented to the state House of Assembly was very realistic especially in the medium term expenditure framework.

The commissioner, however, recalled that last year budget performance was not up to 90 percent due to some militating factors such as paucity of funds, floods and what have you but he was equally optimistic that in the coming year the state would attain 90 percent of her economic goals and objectives.

This is even he declared that in the last four years the state has done 80 percent budget performance, noting that the state government was prudent in the management of her economic resources and does not play politics of budgeting.

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