By Abraham Olatokunbo
Borno state government has threatened to summarily sanction any accounting officer from ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) that disregard budgetary guidelines and procedures.
The threat was issued on Friday by the Borno State Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Adamu Lawan, during a media briefing on the 2021 approved budget.
The Commissioner said it has been observed that some officials in the ministries misappropriate government resources outside the budgetary allocation despite the effort of the Ministry of Finance to curtail the trend.
He revealed that the entire budget office would be overhauled in line with the policy direction of the present administration.
He said the objective of the 2021 budget is to rejuvenate the economy, restore dignity of labour and strengthen resilience of the people.
He said: “The policy direction of this administration is to ensure effective and efficient delivery of the state Development Plan. The overarching objective of rejuvenating the economy, restoring dignity of labour and rekindling hope and strengthening resilience informed the decision to name the 2021 budget as “the people’s budget of recovery and consolidation.
“It is to this end that the budget sets out to achieve the following broad based fundamental objectives which include strengthening the security architecture to safeguard lives and properties of our people. Boost the agricultural sector and forestall food security and reduce dependency on food aids.
“Massive investment in education, healthcare and social welfare to reinvigorate the human resources of the state. Rekindle economic growth through job creation and support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
He added that: “Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of infrastructure in terms of road networks, water and sanitation, electricity, housing among others,” remain one of the top priorities.
Lawan promised that the administration will put in place good governance through a robust and responsive public service built on principles of accountability, transparency, equity and justice in resource utilization and service delivery.