Governor Ambode Presents N812.99 Billion 2017 Budget To Lagos Lawmakers

Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has on Tuesday, November 29 presented the 2017 budget of N812.99 billion to the state House of Assembly.

The budget, tagged: “Golden Jubilee Budget” is N150.4 billion higher than the 2016 budget of N662.58 billion.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2017 budget has a Capital Expenditure of N512.464 billion and a Recurrent Expenditure of N300.535 billion.

The capital and recurrent ratio of the budget stood at 63:37 respectively.

Ambode said that large part of the budget would be expended on road construction and rehabilitation, health, among others.

According to him, Phase 2 of the 114 Local Government Roads project and the Fourth Mainland Bridge will commence in 2017.

He said “A key focus of the 2017 budget is road construction, rehabilitation and maintenance.
“Our government will focus on roads that will open up the inter-lands, improve connectivity in the state and reduce travel time.”

The governor said that the state was expecting an increase in the Federal allocation through 13 per cent derivation from oil and gas in 2017.

He said that the 2016 budget of N662.58 billion, as at October, had been implemented to about 77.5 per cent, equivalent to N350 billion.

The governor said that fundamental reforms would be carried out on all modes of transportation- roads, water and the walkways.

Ambode called for the cooperation and understanding of all residents in prompt payment of their taxes, saying that the state government would embark on extensive revenue collection reforms.

“The successful implementation of this budget depends on all Lagosians.

“We all have a huge responsibility to ensure that it succeeds, as we cannot just afford to fail, even at this critical period of economic recession,” he said.

The governor said that the state government would continue to render its performance to the residents through the Town Hall Meetings.

Receiving the budget, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, commended the governor for his determination to develop the state, in spite of the dwindling revenue.
Obasa, specifically commended the governor on road infrastructure, transportation, Light Up Lagos project and other developmental projects.

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