Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Thursday, led policy direction talks with top officials to guide the government’s Ministries, Departments, and Agencies as different stakeholders commence preparations for the 2024 budget.
This is coming ahead of the citizens’ budget engagements which are due to begin shortly.
The governor, in a statement by his spokesperson, Rafiu Ajakaye, said the budget will prioritise the completion of the ongoing capital projects and inauguration of same to improve living standards and create more jobs for the people of the state, as well as on social protection to support the vulnerable.
He also said that the government will continue to prioritise the workers’ welfare, including making provisions for discussions around the new minimum wage.
“In the new year, our focus will be to complete and inaugurate many of our projects, thereby creating jobs for the people. Workers’ welfare and social protection for the vulnerable will remain a top priority,” the governor said.
“The government will also make provision for discussions around the new minimum wage. We will also strengthen our ease of doing business efforts through advocacies, legislation, and collaboration with all players in the economy.
“The direction of our administration has been clearly outlined in the Sustainable Development Plan (SDP: 2021-2030). The 10-year economic blueprint detailed our policy objectives and priorities. I urge every cabinet member and government official to familiarise themselves with this key document, along with a few others like the Agricultural Transformation Plan.
“Our projects, programmes, policy pronouncements, and other priorities as an administration have been inspired by the visions expressed in these documents. For that reason, the 2024 budget will be tailored to the same objective.
“On top of this agenda is human capital development which includes access to quality education, sanitation facility, infrastructural upgrade and expansion, improved and diversified economic base and revenue generation, strong fiscal base, youth empowerment, social protection, and gender inclusion, sustainable environment, sustainable energy, sports development, food security through promotion of smallholder and commercial agriculture, safety of lives and property, and create the right environment for capital investments.”
He charged all government officials in the state to act in their various duty posts in line with the current economic reality, as the government continues to meet obligations and impact the lives of Kwarans.
The Secretary to the State Government, Prince Abdulkadir Mahe, said the 2024 budget policy direction hangout was an important moment for the state to discuss the financial roadmap that would guide it in the coming year.
He encouraged all key stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue and provide valuable insights in the course of deliberation on the budget.