Ogun State Ministry of Rural Development has presented a sum of N126.6billion, as total expenditure for the year 2021, to further enhance the provision of effective and efficient distribution of power supply, rehabilitation and maintenance of existing rural roads, as well as implementation of water projects in all the nooks and crannies of the State.
Commissioner in the Ministry, Engr. Taiwo Oludotun revealed this while defending the proposal before the State House of Assembly, in Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta, said the amount would be used to execute projects, provide needed office equipment, payment of salaries and allowances.
Engr. Oludotun who pointed out that N181.6m would be spent on recurrent expenditure, while N4.18 billion earmarked for capital projects would be used for construction of 3km asphalt roads across the three Senatorial Districts, upgrading 280 km rural roads in 20 Local Government Areas, as well as provision of water facilities, upgrading and construction of motorised boreholes, among others.
The Commissioner also said the State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWATSAN), would gulp N1,120,665,217.82, out of which Personnel cost was N28.1million, while Overhead cost has N12.7million and capital expenditure at N1.8million.
He added that government through the Ministry has made giant strides in the provision of potable water supply for rural dwellers, assuring that the government would not relent at improving the living standard of the people at the grassroots.
In his response, the Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Olakunle Sobunkola, urged the management to ensure that the House was carried along in the execution of any of its project in their constituency, advising that it should also concentrate on rural projects.