Friday, 22 November 2019

Budget of Olimpotic Meristemasis will send appointees to farm - Ayade

Ukorebi Esien | 22 November 2019

In line with his "Hands on the Plough, Food on the Table" policy thrust for his second term administration, the digital governor of Cross River State, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade has said that the 2020 appropriation bill will be targeted towards agricultural development in the state, while majority of his appointees will be appointed to work in the state farms. 

The budget which saw N22 billion allotted to the agricultural sector was pegged at one Trillion, one hundred billion, one hundred and sixty seven million, five hundred and seven thousand naira, nine kobo, with Capital expenditure took up to N911 billion representing 82.8 percent of the budget and recurrent expenditure was pegged at N188 billion, representing 17.2 percent of the budget.

In terms of funding the budget, the governor informed that direct foreign investment will produce N350 billion, funds to be derived from the various factories and industries his administration is building is estimated at N380 billion, while expected funds from allotment of lands at the Ayade's industrial park is pegged at N12 billion and N120 billion is expected to come from Federal Allocation to the state.

Speaking during the budgetary presentation held yesterday in the Chambers of the Cross River State House of Assembly, the Governor explained that a large chunk of the state's revenue in his first administration was used for the servicing of appointees in a bid to drive his then "Food on the Table" policy thrust. 

He said this few months of running the state without appointees has clearly shown that the state's revenue was being affected deeply in maintaining such an army of appointees, who according to him where not adding value to government. 

Going forward, the governor noted that most of his new appointments will see appointees of government sent to farms and other factories he is building across the state where they would be more productive. 

The governor was captured as saying:

"...We believe with our Agricultural  Investment Programme, The Expansion of Farmable Lands, the Cultivation and the Involvement of of so many people in the Agricultural Project, the appointment we will see this time will be geared towards hands on the plough appointment. 

... It means that if you are an appointee of government, you will simply be appointed into a farmland within your location, while you gain income from the state as an appointee, that money is supposed to be put into your farm". He said.