Ogun State Government has tasked its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on strategic policies and expenditure framework for the responsibility of even allocation of State’s resources.
Consultant to the Governor on Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan stated this at the workshop organised for Stakeholders in the Information, Culture, Religion and Public Order Sectors of the State at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
He said the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration was committed to adopting World Class Public Financial Management System, with the aim of developing a consistent framework that would improve the allocation of resources to strategic priorities within the major sectors in the State through the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), which was a three year fiscal plan.
The Consultant said there was need to deviate from the practice of the past, where budgeting processes by MDAs ends at developing sectoral strategies for resource allocation, without linking such strategies to government policies, planning and budgeting.
He expressed concerns that, where the budgetary projections of MDAs were inconsistent with government policies and priorities, they were bound to suffer setback.
“I wish to advise that you move further from the Medium Sectoral Strategy Framework (MSSF) you have been used to, and begin to match ambition with reality, recognize critical areas that required urgent attention, since there are limited resources’’, he said.
Olabimtan added that, planning was an absolute pre-requisite to achieving a workable expenditure framework, while sector strategies and policies must be cost and forward estimates must be prepared for government to deliver on its agenda of good governance and efficient
In his address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mr. Hassan Adekunle said he has no doubt about the quality of the State Civil Service to deliver, even on seemingly difficult tasks, noting that lack of consistency and synergy had been major setback to preparing workable Medium Term Expenditure Framework.
Adekunle challenged the stakeholders to roll up their sleeves to give their best towards assisting government prioritize its strategies for efficient service delivery.