Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze, disclosed yesterday in Alausa, Ikeja, that the administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State generated a total revenue of N2.433 trillion through Federal allocation, Internally Generated Revenue, IGR and others in the last eight years.
According to him, “The total revenue generated by the administration is N2.433 trillion through Federal allocation, Internally Generated Revenue, IGR and others, representing 89 percent of the total expenditure by the government. The aggregate budgetary expenditure in the last eight years by the present administration is N2.749 trillion.”
He explained “What these translate to is that only 11 percent of the state’s expenditure has been funded from debt. Of course not all the revenue was generated through IGR. Only 59 percent (N1.4 trillion) of the budgetary expenditure was funded through IGR.”
“The government through the ministry in the last eight years certified 8, 961 projects/programmes valued at N1.132 trillion.”
It also spent over N2.7 trillion in providing infrastructure and other economic needs for residents during the period under review.
Akabueze stated that the bulk of the projects were done last year, saying “the sum of N39.675 billion was issued as pre-payment certificates.”
The commissioner noted that the average budget performance over the period stood at 79 percent, adding, “the claim that the state is operating on loan is not true.”
According to him, “Average sectoral allocation of the budget from 2008 and 2015 are: General Service; 23.70 percent, Public Order and safety; 3.12 percent, Economic Affairs; 31.58 percent, Environmental protection; 8.56 percent, Housing and community amenities; 9.17 percent, Health; 7.66 percent, Recreation, culture and Religion; 1.5 percent, Education; 14.09 percent and Social protection; 0.60 percent.”
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