Sunday, May 3, 2020

Delta #395.5B 2020 Budget: CEPEJ To Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Make Health Sector, Coastal/Riverine Communities Your First Priority.

....As Niger-Delta Activist Applauds Delta Governor for Involving NGOs/CSOs in the interactive sessions

....Mulade Applauds Delta Economic Team, Commissioner For Economic Planning on Citizens Participatory Budget towards Sustainable development.

By Victor Bieni

ASABA - The National Coordinator, Centre For Peace And Environmental Justice ( CEPEJ),  Environmentalist and World Renowned Human Rights Activist, Comrade Chief Sheriff Mulade has Commended the Executive Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for involving NGOs/CSOs in the recent Delta State 2020 Citizens  Budget for interactive sessions, Participatory Budget towards Sustainable development in the State.

 CEPEJ Boss, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, who was represented by his Organization's Program Manager, Mr. Samuel Ideh disclosed this to our reporter in Asaba while fielding questions from some group of Journalists in Unity Hall,  Government House recently as Delta State Government presented to the public its Citizens Budget for 2020 tagged Budget for Sustained Development.

The occasion which had the following personalities in  Unity Hall, Government House Asaba, where the  budget was presented included amongst others: The Civil commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Heads of MDAs, Members of Delta State House of Assembly, Civil Society Organizations, Traditional Rulers, Private iIndividuals, Corporate organizations, Professional Bodies and NGOs to mention but a few.

In a separate interview with our reporter, CEPEJ Program Manager,  Mr Samuel Ideh stated that, the participatory citizens budget was presented by the State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Barry Pere Gbe, the  budget has a total summary of N395.5b with a deficit of N50.5b and a total revenue/grant of N344.9b with funds spread across all sectors and senatorial districts of the State.

He told Journalists in the State capital that CEPEJ  was invited among other NGO's and CSOs applauded the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the Economic Team chaired by the Commissioner for Economic Planning,  Dr. Barry Pere Gbe for organizing the State participatory citizens budget, and for involving the citizens in its preparation.
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He then charged the Delta State Government to allocate more funds to the health sector, especially now that COVID-19, a coronavirus is ravaging the world.

CEPEJ's  Programme Manager, Mr Samuel Ideh, also charged the State Government to site development projects more in the coastal and riverine areas of the State, which it said were mostly marginalized in budgetary allocations.

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