Ugwuanyi proposes N186b for 2022 as CSOs seek better health facilities
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday, presented a budget proposal of N186 billion for the 2022 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval.
He said it comprised a recurrent expenditure of N71.447 billion or 38 per cent and capital expenditure of N115.158 billion, amounting to 62 per cent of the estimates, noting that the budget was 9.9 per cent higher than the 2021 appropriation.
The governor explained that the Budget of Sustained Growth and Consolidation, would be used to complete all ongoing projects of his administration.
He noted that the proposed budget would be financed through the Federal Allocation Account Committee (FACC), Value Added Tax (VAT), Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and excess crude oil fund, adding that it was prepared in line with his administration’s vision to maintain higher appropriation for capital expenditure.
Ugwuanyi pointed out that new road projects across the state, bridges, schools and a new stadium in Oji among other projects, have been slated for execution within the year.
He also said the 2022 budget was part of his eight-point agenda, stressing that the 2021 budget achieved most of its agenda despite the economic hardship occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, commended the governor for his decision not to engage in bogus projects, even as he assured of speedy passage of the budget.
MEANWHILE, a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs), has stressed the need for improvement in the country’s health infrastructure to help save lives and promote good health.
The group lamented that Nigerians were dying daily due to inadequate and poor health facilities, stressing that the people’s confidence in the health institutions was being eroded.
Acting Secretary, Department of Public Law, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC), said on the day of tributes to Mrs. Ijeoma Jessica Uzoeshi, that the organisations lamented that Nigerians now die from the slightest illness.
Uzoeshi, a Senior Programme Officer/Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with a non-governmental organisation, Women Aid Collective (WACOL), died in October this year, from asthma.
Founding Director of WACOL, Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo in her tribute, bemoaned the state of facilities in the country’s hospitals, stressing that she could not have imagined paying tributes to a younger colleague, who died in her prime.
Ezeilo, who is Head of, Department of Public Law at UNN, described Ijeoma as “a person of high integrity, trustworthy, reliable and dependable,” stressing: “She did not fail to live up to all the attributes for once.”