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Group wants quick passage of Lagos budget

Rasaq Bamidele

A pro-democracy group, Campaign for Dignity in Governance (CDG), has urged  members of the Lagos State House of Assembly to give priority to the quick passage of the 2020 budget presented Friday before them by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

The National President of the group, Razaq Olokoba, who made this call in a statement in Lagos, reasoned that, the quick passage of the Budget would ginger the governor to hit the ground running by implementing all the earmarked projects for the state.

Recall that Governor Sanwo-Olu has presented a N1.1 trillion to the Legislative House with a view to getting it passed to guarantee prompt implementation of the document’s content.

In view of the above, the CDG wants accelerated passage to forestall time wasting in the implementation, enthusing that, with the reported 62 per cent of the budget for Capital Spending as well as the proposed fiscal plan of N115 billion for public infrastructure, Lagos State, in 2020, would be a massive construction site.

Olokoba stated that, accelerated passage of the budget by the honourable House would  Sanwo-Olu’s administration’s plan to accelerate the growth of State’s economy through aggressive investments in critical areas of priorities like physical infrastructure, environment, human capital and security to come to fruition.

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Its quick passage, according to the Youth Leader, would give nobody unnecessary excuse for delayed implementation, enthusing that, the proposed budget would help the State in achieving the desired sustainable social investment and scale up private sector-led economic growth for the good of the citizenry.

 Olokoba who expressed confidence that, Sanwo-Olu, going by his antecedent, would implement the budget described as “Unique,” to the satisfaction of the good people of the state, believing the governor’s assurance of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the budget.

He reminded that Sanwo-Olu was quoted to have said that, “the 2020 Budget will be supported by a Performance Management System that will ensure that, by December 2020, we shall achieve an optimal budget implementation when compared with previous years.”

The group therefore enjoined the Honourable House of Assembly, under the leadership of Mr. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa to do the needful, saying, the good people of the state are looking forward to hear good news from them over the budget.

The budget, according to a reliable source, has been forwarded to a committee to start prompt work on it.