Governor Ahmed promises 80% implementation of 2018 budget
by SIKIRAT SHEHU, Ilorin
February 17, 2018 | 2:44 pm| | | Start Conversation
Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has promised that his administration remains resolute in achieving over 80 percent budget implementation on capital projects.
The governor, who disclosed this in Ilorin, the state capital during an inspection of ongoing projects, reaffirmed the government’s determination to bridging infrastructure deficit in the state.
According to Governor Ahmed, “the administration achieved 70 percent budget implementation last year, and we are determined to achieve between 80 percent and 90 percent this year.”
Infrastructure is key in facilitating socio-economic development, he said, promising that the government will not slack in providing critical infrastructure for the development of the state.
The governor said the ongoing inspection of projects was to get value for money, and promised prompt release of funds to contractors for timely completion of projects.
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of works done on areas inspected, saying the levels of the projects were commensurate with fund released so far.
“My visit is largely to ensure that the taxpayers’ money is judiciously expended and to confirm that the projects conform with actual approvals, and I can tell you there’s value for money on the projects.
“With the funding window arrangement we are putting in place, God’s willing, the projects will be put to use before the end of this year,” governor confirmed.
At the Kwara State University Post Graduate School in Ilorin, the consultant in charge of the project, Jamiu Faworaja, said the project was 75 percent completion and would be completed within the stipulated period.
Faworaja explained that the circular building with lecture rooms, offices, and library and seminar room would accommodate about 300 students.
Other projects inspected by the governor were Coca Cola Bridge and Omosebi Bridge at Gaa Akanbi area, where he promised immediate approval of variation funds for timely completion of the projects.
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