By Chris Udochukwu
Abuja (Precise Post) – Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Samuel Egube has stated that the collective opinion and suggestions of residents in the state served as input during the formulation of annual budget provisions.
The Commissioner disclosed this while speaking at the Annual Press Week of the Lagos State Governor’s Office Correspondents (LAGOCO) at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre.
He announced this on Friday in series of tweets via the Twitter handle of Lagos State Government.
According to him, “The State government has maintained a strong pandemic response by improving on food security and the safety net, providing social intervention programmes which target the most vulnerable in the society, providing support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises”
He added that the State Government had organised the just-concluded Budget Consultative Forum to carry every stakeholder in the State along and ensure that their relevant inputs are considered.
Egube, represented by the Senior Special Assistant on Budget, Mr. Lekan Balogun, said the State Government has outlined three guidelines: Maintain a strong pandemic response; Restart the Lagos Economy and Re-imagine the way Lagos operates, in rethinking the post-COVID-19 era.
He added that in restarting the economy, the State government is creating jobs by promoting works and infrastructure, which is the basis of the ongoing multiple construction works in the State.
He also pointed out that the government is also focusing on agriculture for food security and job creation, supporting training and empowerment of the citizens, stabilising the economy by pursuing new revenue generation services, optimisation of labour and overhead costs
As well as the creation of a 1% consolidation fund yearly from IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) to provide support during future emergencies.
On re-imagining the way Lagos operates, the Commissioner stated that this includes the completion of the ongoing digitisation and technology projects.
Egube, however, called for the support of LAGOCO members in the battle to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the State and enjoined them to register with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) for the successful compilation of data of residents.