The Lagos House of Assembly has passed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s 2020 budget of N1.168 trillion into law.
The budget passage followed the presentation of a report by the joint committee of the House on Appropriation and Finance on by the Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Gbolahan Yishawu.
The presentation took place during plenary on Monday when the House dissolved into Committee of Supply comprising all the lawmakers with the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa as Chairman.
The approved budget contained 78 amendments as recommended by the joint committees and approved by the House through a voice vote conducted by Obasa.
With the amendments, the approved budget contained N451, 528, 914, 805 from the Consolidated Revenue fund as the recurrent expenditure and N711, 032, 979, 185 from Development Fund as the total capital expenditure.
The total budget for the year ending 31st December, 2020 is now N1.168, 561, 893, 990 as against N1.168, 562 proposed by the Governor.
Sanwo-Olu had presented a budget of N1.168 trillion for 2020 on Friday 8 November, 2019 with education, and healthcare as top priorities.
The proposed budget is to be funded by a projected Total Revenue of N1.071 trillion and a deficit amounting to N97.53 billion.
The budget size was higher than the 2019 budget by 34%. Capital Expenditure amounts to N723.75 billion while the Recurrent Expenditure is N444.81 billion, giving a 62:38 capital to recurrent ratio.
According to Sanwo-Olu, “This, in our view, is strong for development. We have placed an increased focus on wealth creation where we will take deliberate steps in courting a partnership between our people and various development institutions.
“In line with this, we have provided N11.8bn as counterpart funds in preparation for various social impact schemes. In addition, we have made provisions for N7.1bn this year, to provide for industrial hubs, parks, graduate internship programs and virtual markets for artisans. This is in support for Micro, Small and Medium enterprises which are the engines for both economic and employment growth.
“It is equally proposed that a total of N167.81 billion of the Recurrent Expenditure shall be applied towards personnel costs and other staff-related expenses. This represents 22.02% of the proposed Total Revenue, which is within the acceptable wage policy of 25% of Total Revenue, and includes a provision for the new minimum wage.
“The budget deficit of N97.53 billion will be financed by both internal and external loans. Since revenue generation is the spine of any budget, this budget supports investment in our revenue generating agencies. This budget seeks to aggressively invest in and develop our education, health and other physical infrastructure sectors. Although our capital spent on works and infrastructure was just N31 billion as at September 2019, as against the 2019 budget
proposal of N78 billion, it is our intention to spend N115 billion in 2020,” he said.
The governor said Education would see a significantly increased capital budgetary allocation of N48 billion, an increase of 60% over the 2019 provision of N30 billion, adding that “we must improve the standard and relevance of our education outcomes to our industries. We will work together with our Local governments to strengthen early child education and teachers training/administration, leveraging technology.
“Similarly, in healthcare, we have provided for a capital expenditure of N33 billion, compared to the 2019 budget proposal of N21 billion. We will ensure that our primary health care institutions remain active and attractive to the
primary health care needs of our people. Lagos belongs to us all; we will continue therefore to drive partnerships with the private sector in promoting health services within our institutions.
“Given the perennial challenges of flooding in the metropolis, we have tripled the capital budget provision to tackle this from N3 billion in 2019 to N9 billion in 2020,” he added.
Sanwo-Olu stated that wider consultation was made in the three senatorial districts, in addition to taking memoranda and feedback from stakeholders’ meetings organized by members of the House within their constituencies, which were also attended by Cabinet members, adding that the 2020 Budget would be supported by a Performance Management System that would ensure that, by December 2020,” we shall achieve an optimal budget implementation when compared with previous years. This is in line with our commitment to transparency and accountability in the management of public finances.”