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Nigeria 2015 – 2019: What Should A Progressive Government Implement?

May 2, 2015

A CALL FOR PAPERS
Nigeria 2015 to 2019 – What should a progressive government implement?
At the presidential elections of 2015, Nigeria elected a progressive government for the first time since 1993 following the annulment of the Moshood Abiola (Social Democratic Party) victory. Following one of the most trying times for Nigeria and one of the most unpredictable elections in the history of Nigeria, a democratic handover is set to take place for the first time.
It will be a monumental task to set down clear priorities to begin the process of restoring pride and place of Nigeria and setting a new direction for progressive change in the country. Numerous challenges face the nation, from security concerns, to corruption, inequality and abject poverty. We need to begin to identify not just immediate changes that can be achieved but more importantly, the long term path of progressive reforms. We want to collate views of some of our key thinkers to bring together the priorities for achieving real progressive change across a range of policy areas.
We are seeking papers on the topic of Nigeria 2015 to 2019 – What should a progressive Government implement? Essay should be no more than 1500 words and should explore ONE of the topics below.
1. A PLAN FOR THE ECONOMY
2. PROTECTING PUBLIC SERVICES – INFRASTRUCTURE, HEALTH AND EDUCATION.
3. ERADICATING POVERTY
4. TACKLING MARGINALISATION AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
5. SECURITY, RULE OF LAW, RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
6. RESTORING THE JUDICIARY AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE
7. INVESTING IN A FUTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE – EDUCATION AND TACKLING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
8. RESTORING POWER TO THE PEOPLE – ELECTORAL REFORM
9. NATIONAL POLITICAL SETTLEMENT – REFORMING POLITICS AND REPRESENTATION FOLLOWING THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE
10. DIVERSIFICATION – RENEWING THE AGRICULTURAL AND SOLID MINERAL SECTORS
11. REBALANCING THE COST OF GOVERNANCE
12. INDUSTRIALISATION – STIMULATING INVESTMENT IN INDUSTRY AND MANUFACTURING AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SMES (SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED ENTERPRISES)
13. GREEN NIGERIA – TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION IN THE NIGER DELTA AND THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
14. ENERGY – BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE POWER SOLUTION FOR DEVELOPMENT
15. CORRUPTION – RESTORING TRANSPARENCY, RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
We will compile the papers into a publication, which will be launched on 29th May 2015 to coincide with the inauguration day.
All essays must be submitted on or before 22nd May 2015 by email to: progressivegovernance@liberatedelta.org
Authors should provide a short personal profile and include a PHOTOGRAPH.
Only one article will be selected for each topic. Review and selection will be carried out by, Inno Koko, Nero Ughwujabo and Stephen Dieseruvwe.
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SENATOR-ELECT, DINO MELAYE, PLEDGES TO LEAD CAMPAIGN FOR NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PAY CUT

May 2, 2015

A Senator-elect from Kogi State, Dino Melaye, has vowed to champion a campaign for salary cut for federal lawmakers when the new National Assembly opens in June.

Mr. Melaye, a former member of the House of Representatives, joined many Nigerians to demand a reduction in the salaries of Senator and members of the House of Representatives, saying he will personally champion the cause.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr. Melaye said lawmakers must sacrifice their comfort and allow a pay cut, to yield money that could be used for developmental projects and proper oversight role.

Mr. Melaye was reacting to the announcement by the Kogi State government this week, of a 40 per cent pay-cut in the salaries of public and civil servants in the state. He blamed the Kogi State salary slash on bad governance. Mr. Melaye said workers in Kogi for years received a percentage of their salaries, and said the incoming All Progressives Congress, APC, government will address such abuse. “The APC has a guideline that controls every governor of every state and I can assure you that the issue of revenue generation will be taken care of by the party,” he said.

Hassan Omale, member-elect represent Ankpa, Omala, Olamaboro federal constituency in Kogi State, also said workers in the state had not been collecting complete salaries for a long time.
“In the Local governments, since the last three years they have not received their complete salaries, they have been suffering there,” he said.

Other Kogi lawmakers blamed the pay cut on reduction in monthly allocation to the state.
The governor, Idris Wada, had on Wednesday announced a 40 per cent pay-cut in the salaries of public and civil servants in the state as a result of dwindling revenue.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Jacob Edi, the governor said the state got N2.5 billion as allocation for April, while its monthly wage bill for the month was N3.2 billion.
Source: Premium Times
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TO THOSE WHO HAVE STOLEN THE POLITICAL MANDATES OF DELTANS – YOUR DAY OF RECKONING IS AT HAND By Zik Gbemre

April 17, 2015

With the observed celebration that is happening, and Government-Contract/appointment-seekers, sycophants and praise-singers rendering Appreciation and Congratulatory Messages and Advert Publications to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on several tabloids across the nation over the ‘stolen Governorship mandate of Delta State; you all should be reminded that YOUR DAY OF RECKONING is coming sooner than you think.

The day you all will answer for all your crimes against humanity will come like a thief in the night to make you all pay. For how long will Governor Uduaghan and his cousin James Ibori and now Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, continue to deceive themselves; thinking they are deceiving the people of Delta State? For how long will the PDP Cabal led by Ibori and Governor Uduaghan continue to steal the political mandate of Deltans just to remain in power and misappropriate public funds? For how long will Governor Uduaghan and his cabal continue to oppress the common masses in Delta State and be happy with it? How do they sleep at night with their conscience, knowing that they have deprived Deltans from electing their political leaders; having stolen their mandates at the just concluded gubernatorial polls? Do they even have conscience at all? We seriously doubt it because if they do, they would not have jeopardized their peace of mind for just ‘ephemeral gains’ of life.

The fact is that the PDP cabal in Delta State led by Governor Uduaghan, his cousin James Ibori and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa should have allowed Deltans to have a free, fair and credible election during the Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly polls. The PDP political thugs that I saw with my naked eyes sharing money to people to vote the PDP while INEC officials pretended not to notice, on that day of the governorship election is absolutely evil. Not to mention how these PDP political thugs manipulated election results with the cooperation of INEC officials. We should ask ourselves this, why is the PDP cabal afraid of a free, fair and credible election in Delta State? The truth is that if elections are seen to be won genuinely, nobody will complain.

I would want those interested, to investigate and carry out their personal audit on what really happened in the last elections held in Delta State. Why should we have situations where the PDP cabal and their supporters bribing INEC officials and the poor Deltans on the day of the election with public stolen money so that they should vote for the PDP? Can anyone call that a free and fair election? Situations where snatching and stuffing of ballot boxes and manipulation of election results were very evident, can we call that an election? Situations where the use of Card Readers were selectively allowed in different communities to favour the PDP led Government in Delta State and their candidates, should the electoral umpire INEC, sit back and pretend that nothing happened? How can the votes cast in remote villages and scanty rural communities be more than the urban cities in Delta State? Who are the people living in the swampy and riverine communities that make up the outrageous figures that was supposedly collated in the Gubernatorial election in Delta State? Who are the people living in the Warri North of Delta State that voted the huge number recorded? The PDP cabal in Delta State should repent from all their evil deeds in the State.

It is funny that Governor Uduaghan and his cousin Ibori have been in Government House for 16 years now, yet, with only few weeks left to leave office, the Delta State Government only woke-up recently to start rushing to finish some road projects. Is this the best time to rush and do some jobs and roads that have been begging for attention for years? What have they been doing since? Despite its commercial viability, why is the oil city of Warri and environs still without an airport.

The Osubi Airstrip near Warri is just a private Airstrip. Today all the oil companies have relocated from Warri to neighboring States due to the “I don’t care attitude of Governor Uduaghan and his PDP cabal.” Where will all these stolen public wealth lead them to? In the whole of Delta central the PDP cabal of Ibori, Uduaghan and Okowa had paid those greedy politicians with stolen public money to hire thugs to intimidate and manipulate election results with INEC cooperation. Imagine them beating and intimidating their own brothers and sisters for the love of money.

In fact, it is needless to vote and campaign in Delta State. The best way to win elections in Delta State is for candidates to assemble all the miscreants and few greedy persons they can pay to snatch ballot boxes and fill all the Result Sheets and give to INEC to announce. The poor masses in Delta State have been suffering due to their misrule for the past 16 years in Delta State Government without accountability. By the grace of God, we believe Buhari will install discipline in the public/government sector. As we all know, the President-Elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(Rtd) is a disciplined and principled man with great reputation and integrity and who is willing to serve the Nigerian people with his heart and mind.

If the so called educated elites such as Governor Uduagahan and his fellow PDP cabal should depend solely on ‘stealing the political mandate’ of Deltans just to remain in power and protect their self-centered interests, then the Nigerian society is doomed. But we thank God the situation does not cut across other States. And with the new Federal Government under Gen Muhammadu Buhari(Rtd), we are very optimistic that the situation in Delta State will one day be reversed for good. And these set of ‘compromised-public-leaders will be made to pay dearly for all the sins they have committed against Delta State and its hardworking people. We believe God will use Buhari to make all of them answer the wrongs they have committed against Deltans.

It is very painful that Deltans could not have the political leaders they have so graciously elected to represent their interest just because the PDP Cabal have decided not to allow us experience free and fair election in the State.
The Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan is someone who has been privileged to travel far and wide since he entered politics. So he should tell Deltans, with what they (as the PDP cabal) are doing in Delta State for the past 16 years, is that how these thriving Democracies had emerged? Is that how the US, UK and other European nations have developed to what they are today? We all know the answer to these questions. But they should be rest assured that God will make all of them pay for all the atrocities committed against the common man in Delta State.

We know very soon they will go to a Church to offer Thanksgiving for their stolen political mandate. But do not be deceived for God is not mocked or moved by such ’empty’ activities. God will not accept such ‘stained’ Thanksgiving and there is no amount of praise-singing, celebration, thanksgiving or noise making that will blot out the fact that you all had stolen the political mandate of Deltans to keep yourselves in power and protect their self-centered interests.

The evidence that we have to prove that the current PDP led Government in Delta State is corrupt is simply the fact that when we compare who and what they were and had before they came into government with what they have now, we would realize they have practically soiled their hands with misappropriated public wealth. Even the Delta State Governor is not an exception. The evidence that proves their level of corruption is in the number of mansions, properties, wealth and affluence these so called PDP cabal have acquired since they have been in government, particularly those that have been in the PDP led Delta State Government in the last 16 years or so. Most of them do not even have their own personal houses before they joined the PDP Government but today, they practically own a whole street and properties and businesses across the country. We are not saying they should not progress in life, but when their salaries and emoluments do not correspond to current financial status and affluence of wealth, then something is wrong somewhere.

Please, those who are close contacts with the soon-to-be-outgoing Government of Delta State should advise Governor Uduaghan, Ibori and Okowa to repent genuinely from their evil ways and render an unreserved apology to the poor common masses of Delta State who they stole their votes from for the love of money and power. Governor Uduaghan and Ibori should apologize to the people without pride or shame.

Zik Gbemre,JP.
National Coordinator
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Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan Budgeted N2.75 Trillion in Eight Years, 2007 to 2015

April 10, 2015

Since his swearing in on 29th May 2007, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the Governor of Delta State, has presented a number of budget speeches to the Delta State House of Assembly, which subsequently approved. The yearly budget proposals for the period in question are as follows:
2007 – N189.96 Billion
2008 – N148.64 Billion
2009 – N237.62 Billion
2010 – N235.71 Billion
2011 – N361.90 Billion
2012 – N383.39 Billion
2013 – N472.00 Billion
2014 – N391.51 Billion
2015 – N327.68 Billion
TOTAL – N2,748.41 Billion (N2.75 Trillion)

The focus of this presentation is on the key capital expenditure allocations in the budgets. Below are the allocations for the different years available for this research.

DELTA STATE 2008 BUDGET: KEY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ALLOCATIONS
A total budget proposal of N148,638,106,045.00 was earmarked for the 2008 fiscal year. The amount is made up of N70,782,559,481.00 or 47.62% for Recurrent Expenditure and N77,855,546,564 or 52.38% for Capital Expenditure.
The Project Monitoring Unit of the Governor’s Office has been upgraded to a Directorate.

Highlights of some salient capital expenditure proposals in the 2008 Budget are:
– Construction Ode-Itsekiri Bridge
– Construction of Olomu Bridge
– Construction of Okerenkoko to Kokodiagbene Road
– Construction of Ubafan to Madagho Road
– Construction of Koko-Ugbenu Road Dualisation
– Construction of Asaba Airport
– Reconstruction of Township Roads in Asaba Capital Territory
– Construction of on-going Dualisation of PTI-Jakpa Road
– Dredging of the Orogodo River
– Construction of Associated Erosion Control Measures in Agbor and environs
– Completion of the Ogbe-Ijoh, Ogheye, and Sapele Modern Markets
– Completion of the Ogheye Modern Market
– Completion of the Sapele Modern Market
– Construction of the Uwvie Modern Market, Ogbolokposo
– Construction of Ogbogonogo Modern Market, Asaba
– Establishment of Asaba Business District
– Establishment of Warri Business District
– Commencement of the Construction of Asaba Airport
– Commencement of the Construction of Asaba International Conference Centre
– Modern Shopping and Entertainment Complex by Effurun Roundabout (Public Private Partnership)
– Application for the Conversion of the Koko Port to an Export Free Zone
– Warri/Effurun Water Supply Project
– Completion and Equipping of the State Specialist Hospital, Oghara
– Ongoing Construction of Central Hospital, Asaba
– Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, and College of Physical Education, Mosogar
– The Faculty of Engineering, Oleh Campus of the Delta State University
– Development of Youth Development and Skills Acquisition Centres
– The Songhai Delta Project
– Micro Credit Scheme

DELTA STATE 2010 BUDGET: KEY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ALLOCATIONS
A total budget proposal of N235.71 billion was earmarked for the 2010 fiscal year. The amount is made up of N96.19 billion or 40.81% for Recurrent Expenditure and N139.51 billion or 59.19% for Capital Expenditure.

Highlights of some salient capital expenditure proposals in the 2010 Budget are:
– Youth Empowerment through Agriculture and Peasant Farmers Support Programmes – N500 million
– Construction of Markets in Sapele and Ogheye – N1 billion
– Koko Export Zone (Free Trade Zone) – N500 million
– Micro Credit Scheme – N250 million
– Ughelli – Asaba Road Dualisation – N9 billion
– Ugbenu – Koko Road Dualisation – N1.5 billion
– Effurun–Osubi–Eku Road Dualisation – N1.5 billion
– Ode-Itsekiri Road and Bridges – N2 billion
– Purchase of Equipment for Direct Labour Agency – N1.5 billion
– Warri Industrial and Business Park – N300 million
– Free Maternal Healthcare – N300 million
– Construction of Asaba Central Hospital – N300 million
– Completion and take-off State Teaching Hospital, Oghara – N1 billion
– Eku Baptist Hospital (Modernisation and Equipment) – N500 million
– Upgrading of Selected Secondary Schools including Model Schools – N800 million
– Infrastructural Development in Primary and Secondary Schools – N1 billion
– Delta State University (Projects and Programmes in Three Campuses) – N1.5 billion
– Purchase and Distribution of Transformers – N1.2 billion
– Establishments of Gas Utilization Scheme – N1.12 billion
– Delta Independent Power Plant Project, Ogharefe – N7 billion
– Drainage Projects in Asaba, Warri and Ughelli – N1.760 billion
– Acquisition of Equipment for the State Waste Management Board – N500 million.

DELTA STATE 2012 BUDGET STATEMENT: KEY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ALLOCATIONS
A total budget proposal of N383.39bn (three hundred and eighty-three billion, three hundred and ninety million naira) was earmarked for the 2012 fiscal year. The amount was made up of N169.82bn (one hundred and sixty-nine billion, eight hundred million naira) or 44.30% for Recurrent Expenditure and N213.57bn (two hundred and thirteen billion, five hundred and sixty-seven million naira) or 52.31% for Capital Expenditure.

Highlights of some salient capital expenditure proposals in the 2012 Budget are:
– Cassava Development Initiative Programme – N2 billion
– Micro Credit Scheme – N1.5 billion
– Warri Industrial and Business Park (WIBP) – N3 billion
– Asaba International Airport – N4 billion (provided for completion)
– Osubi Airport Second Runway and Expansion – N8 billion
– Ughelli – Asaba Road Dualisation – N5 billion
– Ugbenu – Koko Road Dualisation – N2 billion
– Effurun – Osubi-Eku Road – N3.94 billion
– Trans Warri-Ode-Itsekiri Roads and Bridges – N5 billion
– Mass Transportation (provision of buses, installation of traffic signs on the highways and township roads across the State, construction and maintenance of traffic route reflection billboards, solar powered traffic light/signals and road markings) – N9.4 billion
– Koko Export Processing Zone (Free Trade Zone) – N2 billion
– Delta Leisure Destination Park, Oleri and Wildlife Park, Ogwashi-Uku (Both projects when completed will have employment capacity of 6,000 people) – N1.2 billion
– Upgrade of Primary and Secondary Schools – N13 billion
– Infrastructural Development in Higher Education Institutions – N7.5 billion
– Financial Assistance to Deltans to seek medical treatment outside Nigeria – N1.1 billion
– Health sub-sector – N3 billion
– Delta Independent Power Project, Ogharefe – N4 billion
– Asaba Drainage Project – N1 billion
– Warri Drainage Project – N1 billion
– Ughelli Drainage Project – N500 million
– Uzere Drainage Project – N250 million
– Multipurpose Youth Centre, Egbokodo (reintegration of former militants) – N1 billion
– Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals – N1.5 billion
Directorate for Special Infrastructure- special infrastructure projects in 2012 budget
(i) Trans-Warri/Ode-Itsekiri Bridge and Access Roads Project – N5.00 bn
(ii) Ughelli-Asaba Road Dualisation Project – N5.00bn
(iii) Ogheye Floating Market Project – N1bn
(iv) Sapele/Abigborodo/Arowon Road – N3,2bn
(v) New Government House Complex, Asaba – N2,00bn
(vi) Osubi Airport Development – N5.00bn
(vii) Sapele Modern Market – N1.00bn
(viii) The four (4) new Polytechnics Project (Sapele, Bomadi, Aboh and Abigborodo) – N4.00bn
(ix) Primary and Secondary Schools – N7.53bn
(x) Remodelling and rehabilitation of Baptist Hospital, Eku – N1.7bn
(xi) Maternal and Child Care Centre, Warri and Ekpan – N1.31bn
(xii) Mass Transportation – N5.41bn

DELTA STATE 2013 BUDGET STATEMENT: KEY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ALLOCATIONS
A total budget proposal of N398.31 billion (three hundred and ninety eight billion, three hundred and ten million naira) was earmarked for the 2013 fiscal year. This amount comprises N145.94 billion (one hundred and forty five billion, nine hundred and forty million naira) or 36.64% for Recurrent Expenditure and N252.37 billion (two hundred and fifty two billion, three hundred and seventy million naira) or 63.36%for capital expenditures.

Highlights of some salient capital expenditure proposals in the 2013 Budget are:
– Agricultural sector (farming) – N6 billion
– Delta State Independent Power Plant – N4 billion
– Asaba International Airport – N4 billion
– Upgrading Osubi Airport to international standard – N4 billion
– Koko/Ogidigben Free Trade Zone – N7 billion
– Warri Industrial Business Park – N2 billion
– Asaba ICT Park – N1 billion
– Micro Credit Scheme – N1 billion
– Major road network projects – N20.24 billion
– Sustenance of Mass Transportation – N2.12 billion
– Primary and Secondary Schools Infrastructure Projects – N6.93bn
– On going Four (4) New Polytechnics in the State – N2.0 billion
– Specialist Hospital, Oghara; Central Hospital, Asaba; Remodelling and Rehabilitation of Eku Baptist Hospital, Eku; Maternal and Childcare Centre, Warri & Ekpan; and Upgrading of Four Central Hospitals to Specialist Hospitals at Warri, Ughelli, Agbor, and Sapele – N7.12 billion
– Flood Intervention Measures across the State – N2 billion
– Asaba Drainage Project – N2 billion
– Warri Drainage Project – N850 million

DELTA STATE 2014 BUDGET: KEY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ALLOCATIONS
A budget proposal of N391.51bn (three hundred and ninety one billion, five hundred and ten million naira) was earmarked for the 2014 fiscal year. It was deemed the budget of “Consolidation, Sustainable Economic Growth and Development”. This amount comprised N159.78bn (one hundred and fifty nine billion, seven hundred and eighty million naira) or 40.8% for Recurrent Expenditure and N231.72bn (two hundred and thirty one billion, seven hundred and twenty million naira) or 59.1% for capital expenditures. Emphasis in 2014 was placed on the completion of ongoing key projects given the size of carryover projects.

Below are highlights of some salient areas of the capital expenditure proposals are:
– Procurement of Modern Tractor Equipment – N1 billion
– Agricultural Youth Development Programme – N600 million
– Micro Credit Scheme – N800 million
– To boost electricity supply – N6 billion
– Asaba International Airport – N4.5 billion
– Upgrading of Osubi Airport to international standards – N4.5 billion
– Ogidigben Free Trade Zone – N1 billion
– Warri Industrial Business Park – N3 billion
– Delta Leisure and Destination Park – N2 billion
– Delta City Mall (to start operation before the end of 2014)
– City Mall Asaba (construction to commence soon)
– Ugbenu–Koko Road Dualisation – N3 billion
– Ughelli-Asaba Dual Carriageway – N10 billion
– Effurun-Osubi-Eku Road Dualisation – N5 billion
– Trans Warri-Ode-Itsekiri Roads and Bridges – N15 billion
– Dualisation of Old Lagos/Agbor Axial Road, Agbor – N1.8 billion
– Sustenance of Mass Transportation – N560 million
– Other transport targets in 2014 are:
***Complete the Asaba and Warri Mega Bus Terminals
***The Warri Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project along Warri-Sapele Road.
***The setting up of the Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA)
– Primary and Secondary Schools Infrastructure Projects – N12 billion
– Ongoing Four (4) New Polytechnics Projects – N3 billion
– Completion of the Teaching Hospital, Oghara – N4 billion
– Completion of Central Hospital, Asaba – N2 billion
– Completion of Cardio-Renal Centre, Warri – N5 billion
– Social Development and Sports – N2.5 billion
– Flood Intervention Measures across the State – N1 billion
– Warri Drainage Projects – N1.1 billion
– Asaba Drainage Projects – N1.5 billion
– Beautification Initiatives and Projects across the State – N1 billion
– Junction Improvement Projects across the State – N2 billion
– Development of Housing Estates in the State – N3.5 billion
– Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals – N1.5 billion

DELTA STATE 2015 BUDGET – KEY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ALLOCATIONS
A budget proposal of N327,682,982,917(three hundred and twenty seven billion, six hundred and eighty two million, nine hundred and eighty-two thousand, nine hundred and seventeen naira) was earmarked the 2015 fiscal year. This amount comprises N161,606,428,928(one hundred and sixty one billion, six hundred and six million, four hundred and twenty-eight thousand, nine hundred and twenty-eight naira) or 49.32% for Recurrent Expenditure and N166,076,553,989 (one hundred and sixty billion, seventy six million, five hundred and fifty-three thousand, nine hundred and eighty-nine naira) or 50.68%for capital expenditure.

Highlights of some salient capital expenditure proposals in the 2015 Budget:
– Agricultural Youth Development Programme – N500 million
– Procurement of Modern Tractor Equipment for farmers – N1 billion
– Delta Leisure Resort at Oleri and the Animal game reserve at Ogwashi-Uku – N500 million
– Warri Industrial Business Park – N2.5 billion
– Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Park, Asaba – N560 million
– To boost electricity supply in the State – N7.351 billion
– Completion of Independent Power Project Ogharefe – N4 billion
– Asaba-Ughelli Road Dualisation – N7 billion
– Trans-Warri – Ode-Itsekiri Road Projects – N3 billion
– Ugbenu-Koko Road Dualisation – N2 billion
– Effurun-Osubi-Eku Road Dualisation – N3 billion
– Completion of Flyovers in Effurun and Asaba – N5 billion
– Construction of Umeh Road – N600 million
– Ultra-Modern Bus Terminals in Asaba and Warri – N1.3 billion
– Second Runway and Expansion of Osubi Airport – N3 billion
– Asaba International Airport – N2 billion
– Primary and Secondary Schools Infrastructure Development – N3 billion
– Four New Polytechnics – N2 billion
– Teaching Hospital, Oghara – N2 billion
– Central Hospital, Asaba – N2 billion
– Eku Baptist Hospital – N500 million
– Maternal and Child Care Centres in Warri and Ekpan – N500 million
– Warri and Asaba Drainage Projects – N2.1 billion
– Completion of the Housing Estate, Asaba – N500 million

CONCLUSION
DELTA STATE BUDGET 2007 to 2015: ALLOCATIONS TO PROJECTS WITH UNCLEAR OR VAGUE COMPLETION TIMELINES
There have been various controversies trailing the development strides of Delta State government, although reasonable progress has been made in some sectors, notably in education and transport, there are concerns in other sectors, with respect to projects abandonment, delays in projects completion, and failed or unfulfilled promises. Over the years, as can be found above, there has been constant update of funds allocated to some major capital projects which have the potentials of transforming the fortunes of the State, if such projects are speedily completed. Despite the yearly ‘ritual’ of allocating funds to these projects, Deltans are still in the dark as to the completion timetables, which negates the very basic tenet of project management.

These lapses have led to the possible good intentions of the government being misconstrued in some quarters that such projects are being used as financial drain pipes to misappropriate and mismanage our commonwealth. The onus on the next administration is to imbibe the spirit transparent and accountable, by publishing in whatever medium deemed appropriate, the relevant information on the completion schedules for projects.

It cannot be overstated that, the timely completion of the major infrastructural projects started by government, will positively impact on the economic and social lives of Deltans. The government can win back the hearts of most Deltans, even if project completion timelines are missed, by imbibing the tenets of TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY. Infrastructure is the cornerstone for economic transformation and from the type of projects the government has embarked on, it is obvious that they mean well, but the implementation phases are also in shambles. WE CAN DO BETTER AS A PEOPLE.
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Delta State 2015 Budget Speech

April 8, 2015

ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. EMMANUEL EWETA UDUAGHAN, CON, THE GOVERNOR OF DELTA STATE, AT THE PRESENTATION OF THE YEAR 2015 BUDGET PROPOSALS TO THE DELTA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, ON WEDNESDAY, 17 DECEMBER, 2014

Rt. Hon. Speaker,
Honourable Members,
I am delighted to present proposals for the Delta State 2015 budget to this Honourable House for consideration and appropriation. As you are all aware, the 2015 budget would be my last budget since becoming the Governor of Delta State in 2007. Today’s event therefore represents for me, a major milestone in the life of my administration, which has already entered the concluding stages of its tenure.

2. Mr. Speaker, Honourable members, when this administration took over the mantle of leadership in 2007, I pledged to provide a more efficient government that will embody the vision of a politically united, socially integrated, stable, economically prosperous and well-organized State, with equal opportunity for all Deltans. In all modesty I believe we have tried to actualize this pledge given the plethora of infrastructural development and other achievements we have recorded in the socio-economic transformation of our beloved Delta State.

3. Indeed, Mr. Speaker, Honourable members, after a critical review of our performance, so far, it is refreshing to note that this administration has with the cooperation and understanding of all stakeholders been able to meet some of the critical challenges of our shared vision for Delta State. We can with a good measure of certainty say that this administration has brought peace, tranquillity and accelerated development to the state.

4.Although this is not an occasion for a valedictory speech – I believe I shall have the privilege of addressing this house before the end of this administration – I wish therefore to place on record my appreciation of the support I have enjoyed from this noble House, which contributed immensely to the remarkable achievements of this administration. I dare say that achievements recorded so far by this administration have been due to teamwork among the various arms of government.

5. Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Honourable members, in the years that we have been in office, we have faced challenges that stretched our resolve. We have worked diligently to deliver on the promises we made despite these challenges. The flood crises of 2012 and the Ebola outbreak this year cannot be easily forgotten. Luckily for us, we have a functional institutional structure that to a great extent helped in addressing these challenges. I am profoundly thankful to God Almighty for His mercy, grace, inspiration and guidance these past seven and half years.

6. As we prepare to exit office next year, it is the avowed resolve and determination of this administration to finish strong. In this regard, it is gladdening to underscore that Delta State provides viable investment environment given its comparative advantages as a leading producer of oil & gas. The State is also strategically located and accessible to other parts of Nigeria by any means of transportation. Furthermore, Government has invested heavily in security to create a safe and secure environment. We have a breed of young, educated and active population. Accordingly, we are committed to striving assiduously to deliver on the provision of critical infrastructures which this administration has set out to establish to support investors and improve business environment in our State in pursuit of our vision of Delta Beyond Oil.

7. At this juncture, Mr. Speaker, Honourable members of the State House of Assembly, permit me to quickly review the Year 2014 Budget before presenting to you an outline of the Year 2015 budget proposals for the State.

COMPONENTS OF THE 2014 BUDGET
8. In the 2014 fiscal year, a budget of N450,738,227,082 (four hundred and fifty billion, seven hundred and thirty eight million, two hundred and twenty-seventhousand, eighty-two naira) was approved for the services of the State Government. The amount is made up of a recurrent expenditure budget of N161,736,440,073(one hundred and sixty-one billion, seven hundred and thirty six million, four hundred and forty thousand, seventy-three naira) and a capital budget of N289,001,787,009(two hundred and eighty nine billion, one million, seven hundred and eighty-seven thousand, nine naira). The profile of the 2014 budget is as follows:

(A) REVENUE
S/N
Sources
Approved 2014 Budget
% Appropriation
i
Internally Generated Revenue
62,493,600,528
13.86
ii
Statutory Allocation Including Mineral Revenue Derivation
229,315,948,494
50.88
iii
Value Added Tax
10,376,666,433
2.30
iv
Other Capital Receipts
148,552,011,627
32.96

Total
450,738,227,082
100.00

(B) EXPENDITURE
S/N
Details
Approved 2014 Budget
% Appropriation
i
Recurrent Expenditure
161,736,440,073
35.88
ii
Capital Expenditure
289,001,787,009
64.12

Total
450,738,227,082
100.00

YEAR 2014 REVENUE BUDGET PERFORMANCE (JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER)
9. The State Government, during the nine months of January to September, 2014, recorded total revenue receipts of N213.500bn,representing an overall revenue budget performance of 63.16% over expected proportionate receipts of N338.053bn. Out of this amount, the sum of N144.677bn was received as Statutory Allocation from the Federation Account. The amount represents 84.12% performance in relation to the proportionate estimate of N171.986bn. On the other hand, the sum of N7.235bn was recorded as receipts from Value Added Tax (VAT) out of the proportionate projected receipts of N7.782bn, representing a budget performance of 92.97%.

10. Furthermore, the sum of N32.715bn was recorded as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the period January – September, 2014, out of the projected revenue of N46.870bn, representing a budget performance of 69.80%. Also, the sum of N28.871bn or 25.91% was received from other capital revenues against the proportionate budget of N111.414bn during the period under review. The breakdown of the revenue receipts from individual revenue sources is provided hereunder:

S/N
Sources
Approved 2014 Budget
Proportionate Budget Jan-Sept, 2014
Actual Revenue Jan – Sept, 2014
% Per
i
Internally Generated Revenue
62,493,600,528
46,870,200,396
32,715,528,774
69.80
ii
Statutory Allocation Including Mineral Rev. Derivation
229,315,948,494
171,986,961,371
144,677,769,773
84.12
iii
Value Added Tax
10,376,666,433
7,782,499,825
7,235,712,873
92.97
iv
Other Capital Receipts
148,552,011,627
111,414,008,720
28,871,107,589
25.91

Total
450,738,227,082
338,053,670,312
213,500,119,009
63.16

11. The above revenue receipts represent an aggregate increaseofN8.196bnor 3.99% over the sum of N205.303bn recorded for the corresponding period of January to September, 2013. Statutory Allocation has a significant decrease of N9.549bn or 6.19% over the sum of N154.227bn recorded for the same period in 2013. Contained in this amount is the SURE-P fund of N10.666bn received for the period January to September, 2013. It is worrisome to note that there was a huge decrease of 15.60% in the receipts from the internally generated revenue from which N32.715bn, was received this year as against N38.761bn received for the same period in 2013. In fact, it was the N28.871bn received from other capital receipts that accounts for the 3.99% increase.

YEAR 2014 EXPENDITURE BUDGET PERFORMAMNCE (JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER)
12. As for expenditure, a total sum of N188.791bn was spent during the period January – September, 2014. Out of this amount, the sum of N135.752bn was spent on recurrent items as against a proportionate approved budget of N121.302bn representing a budget performance of 111.91%. The breakdown is summarized below:

RECURRENT
Approved 2014 Budget
Proportionate Budget Jan-Sept, 2014
Actual Expenditure Jan – Sept, 2014
% Per
i
Personnel Costs
64,223,825,162
48,167,868,872
50,482,980,762
104.81
ii
Overhead Costs
59,181,061,650
44,385,796,237
41,055,190,712
92.69
iii
Con. Rev. Charge
38,331,553,261
q 28,748,664,946
44,214,078,203
115.35

Total
161,736,440,073
121,302,330,054
135,752,249,676
111.91

13. The sum of N289bn was budgeted for Capital Expenditure. During the year, actual expenditure for the period, January-September, 2014 was N53.039bn as a against the proportionate budget figure of N216.751bn representing a budget performance of 24.47%. A breakdown of the Sectoral performance for the period is as follows:

Capital
Approved 2014 Budget
Proportionate Budget Jan-Sept, 2014
Actual Expenditure Jan – Sept, 2014
% Per
i
Economic
97,930,944,353
73,448,208,265
12,180,511,865
16.58
ii
Social
58,844,493,420
44,133,370,065
7,537,315,076
17.08
iii
Environmental
58,215,211,681
43,661,408,761
5,049,890,417
11.57
iv
General Administration
34,011,137,554
25,508,353,166
9,719,153,034
38.10
v
DESOPADEC
39,000,000,000
29,250,000,000
18,552,469,276
63.43
vi
Contingency Fund
1,000,000,000
750,000,000

0.00

Total
289,001,787,009
216,751,340,257
70,120,349,301
24.47

YEAR 2015 BUDGET
14. Mr. Speaker, distinguished Members of the House, having given a brief review of the implementation of 2014 budget and taking into consideration the vagaries in crude oil prices with its consequences for revenue receipts from the Federation Accounts and the fact that this administration is winding down, I wish to announce a budget proposal of N327,682,982,917(three hundred and twenty seven billion, six hundred and eighty two million, nine hundred and eighty-two thousand, nine hundred and seventeen naira) for the services of Delta State in the 2015 fiscal year. This amount comprises N161,606,428,928(one hundred and sixty one billion, six hundred and six million, four hundred and twenty-eight thousand, nine hundred and twenty-eight naira) or 49.32% for Recurrent Expenditure and N166,076,553,989 (one hundred and sixty billion, seventy six million, five hundred and fifty-three thousand, nine hundred and eighty-nine naira) or 50.68%for capital expenditure.

15. The year 2015 budget proposal shows a decrease of N123,055,244,165 (one hundred and twenty three billion, fifty five million, two hundred and forty-four thousand, one hundred and sixty-five naira) or 27.30% when compared to the year 2014 approved budget of N450,738,227,082 (four hundred and fifty billion, seven hundred and thirty-eight million, two hundred and twenty-seven thousand, eighty-two hundred naira).

16. The 2015 budget is driven by the successes recorded in various sectors of the State’s economy in the past seven years up to the 2014 Budget of Consolidation, Sustainable Economic Growth and Development. The 2015 budget is aimed at consolidating the achievement of 2014 budget as well as completing all on-going projects and programmes that will facilitate the fulfilment of the administration’s goal of making Delta State one of the most industrialized and developed States in Nigeria by 2020. Priority is given to the completion of on-going projects in the areas of rural and urban road network and infrastructure, security of life and property (including logistics support for law enforcement), healthcare and education. Other focal areas are transportation, rural and urban electrification, the environment, agriculture, youths and sports, culture and tourism.

SOURCES OF FUND
17. The main sources of funds for the 2015 budget are:
Sources
Proposed Budget 2015
Percentage %
i
Internally Generated Revenue
61,807,557,497
18.86
ii
Statutory Allocation Including Mineral Revenue Derivation
208,873,059,258
63.74
iii
Value Added Tax
12,489,588,002
3.81
iv
Other Capital Receipts
44,512,778,161
13.58

Total
327,682,982,917
100.00

INTERNALLY GENERATED REVENUE
18. Mr. Speaker, Honourable members of the House, given the vagaries in the global oil markets, it will be imprudent for us to make ambitious revenue projections without appropriate alternative sources of generating revenue. The Board of Internal Revenue (BIR)is being strengthened to improve its revenue generation machinery. Some strategic measures we took to support the BIR in revenue mobilization include the granting it autonomy to the Board; the reorganization of the Board’s management and administrative structure; the automation of the Board’s revenue collection mechanism; the establishment of a good Database Management System (DBMS) and Tax Administration for the Board. With the passage of the Delta State Internal Revenue Consolidation Law 2009, our revenue generation improved remarkably. The trend recently however, shows a marginal drop in the IGR. It became obvious therefore, that we need to take another look at the provisions of the law, to accommodate new revenue sources that have been identified, but not contained in the law and review rates to meet current economic realities. During 2015 fiscal year, our Revenue Services will increase its focus on yet to be exploited revenue sources. We are taking steps to ensure that taxes are paid as at when due and more importantly, encourage a culture of voluntary compliance through constructive engagement. We are also exploiting strategies that will minimize leakages in the system. I therefore, wish to sincerely appeal once again to our people to obediently meet their civic obligations to the State.

19. It is in view of the various measures we are taking towards improving our internally generated revenue, that we are expecting the sum of N61.807bn or 18.86% expect revenue receipts from Internally Generated Revenue in 2015out of total projected revenue as against the sum of N62.493bn under the 2014 budget. The IGR estimates for 2015 is marginally lower than the 2014 approved estimates by N686m or 1.10%.

STATUTORY ALLOCATION
20. The sum of N208.873bnor 63.74% of projected total revenue is expected from Statutory Allocation from the Federation Account in the 2015 fiscal year. This amount is less than the sum of N229.315bn budgeted for 2014 by N20.442bn or 8.91%. The decrease is attributed to projections consequent on the decreased revenue performance at the end of third quarter of 2014owing to declining crude oil prices.
OTHER CAPITAL RECEIPTS/MISCELLANEOUS
21. In 2015 budget proposal, Capital Receipts have been scaled down from N148.552bnin 2014 to N44.512bn in 2015( i.e. reduced by N104.039bn or 70.04%).The position is underscore by the need for caution and desire to instil greater fiscal discipline into the system. With the Delta beyond oil mantra, we hope to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) which will also in turn increase our revenue base. We are counting on improved revenue receipts from our internally generated revenue sources.

RECURRENT EXPENDITURES
22. The aforementioned total recurrent expenditure estimates for 2015 of N161.606bn is made up of personnel costs of N68.531bn (sixty eight billion, five hundred and thirty one million naira) or 42.41% and overhead costs of N51.337bn (fifty one billion, three hundred and thirty seven million naira) or 31.79%. The Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges has a proposed sum of N41.696bn (forty one billion, six hundred and ninety six million naira) or 25.80%. On the whole, the recurrent proposal for 2015 is lower by N130m or 0.08% when compared with the sum of N161.736bn approved for 2014.The recurrent expenditure estimates is summarized hereunder:

Items
Proposed Budget 2015
Percentage %
i
Personnel Costs
68,531,968,520
42.41
ii
Overhead Costs
51,377,979,541
31.79
iii
Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges
41,696,480,867
25.80

Total
161,606,428,928
100.00

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ESTIMATES
23. The proposed capital expenditure estimates for 2015 is N166.076bn (one hundred and sixty six billion, seven six million naira). The proposal is N122.925bn (one hundred twenty two billion, nine hundred and twenty five million naira) or 42.53% lower than the 2014 capital budget of N289.001bn (two hundred and eighty nine billion, one million naira). The sectoral breakdown of the capital expenditure estimates is as stated hereunder:

Sector
Proposed Budget 2015
Percentage %
i
Economic
50,322,824,859
30.30
ii
Social
29,202,566,209
17.58
iii
Environmental
25,438,731,940
15.32
iv
General Administration
26,112,430,982
15.72
v
Delta State Oil Producing Areas Dev. Commission
34,000,000,000
20.47
vi
Contingency
1,000,000,000
0.60

Total
166,076,553,989
100.00

24. Mr. Speaker Sir, and Honourable Members, May I at this juncture highlight some salient areas of the capital proposals as contained in the estimates of the 2015 draft budget.

SECTORAL HIGHLIGHTS
ECONOMIC SECTOR
Agriculture
25. We have sustained our focus on agriculture as a tool towards achieving our drive on a Delta beyond oil. We are encouraging our youths to invest their energy and resourcefulness on farming activities through which unemployment, hunger and malnutrition would be reduced. We are implementing a well-articulated agricultural and poverty alleviation programmes for Delta State and this we are doing in collaboration with the Federal Government and the private sector. To further boost mechanized agriculture and improve the productivity of farmers through our extension services, we procured modern tractor and implements for sale to farmers at subsidized rate across the State. These include 82 Units each of farm tractors, tillage implements (Plough, Harrow and Ridger), tipping trailers, combine maize planters, Rice planters and Rotary slashers.

26. Mr. Speaker, Sir, fish farming has become a major source of employment. We promote the growth and development of fisheries activities through fisheries surveillance and direct assistance to fish farmers and this has improved the lives of our people immensely. Today we have about 4,780 fish farmers in the state as against less than 200 in 2007. This is a reflection of the awareness created on the economic potentials of fish farming. The sums of N500m and N1bn are proposed for the Agricultural Youth Development Programme and Procurement of Modern Tractor Equipments for farmers respectively for the 2015 fiscal year.

Finance and Investment
27. Delta State is growing steadily, and for us to achieve the vision of Delta beyond oil, we invested massively in the state’s economy. The development of Delta Leisure Resort at Oleri and the Animal game reserve at Ogwashi-Uku are two foreign direct investments in the tourism industry. On completion, both projects will have employment capacity of about 6,000 people as well as increase our internal revenue generation. The sum of N500m is provided to sustain the development of the Resort in 2015.

28. Our vision in taking Delta beyond oil is about creating opportunities for private enterprises to prosper. It is also about stimulating the ingenuity of our people to do well. In doing this, we have institutionalized a legacy of prosperity in the state by developing skills to enhance human capacity, boost production and export of quality non-oil products that will diversify the economy as well as improve the lives of our people. This we have done through our Micro Credit and SME Schemes. The scheme as at date has empowered a total of 10,810 cluster groups of entrepreneurs made up of 111,312 persons. Of this number, 67,861 are females, while 44,854 are males empowered in various small businesses. Our people naturally, are blessed with entrepreneurial spirits that can be used to explore competencies in creativity and exploit emerging business trends. To further strengthen the scheme, we keyed into the CBN’s N220 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Fund. The Fund is meant to assist and support enterprise development by providing entrepreneurs with access to low cost fund with a single digit interest rate of about 9%. For administrative efficiency, the Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency was established and backed by appropriate legislation in accordance with the Central Bank guidelines for participation in the CBN’s N220 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Fund.

29. We are looking forward to the completion of the massive Delta City Mall currently under construction in Effurun which will host the international shopping facility ‘Shoprite’ amongst other businesses. It will improve the economic activities of the State. The construction of the City Mall at Asaba has also commenced. Both malls will provide job and business opportunities, not only to Deltans but non-Deltans as well.

30. Another critical initiative of this administration is the Warri Industrial Business Park (WIBP). It is conceived as one of the key strategies of this administration to diversify the State’s economic base, attract new businesses into the oil city and stimulate business. Construction Work on the startup area has commenced. Other development partners have keyed into the project in the areas of power, gas and real estate development. On completion, the Park will be an environment friendly mix-use industrial park that will provide a range of services for both industrial and service companies. It will offer unique investment opportunities in the free market environment. Incentives will be available to local/foreign investors. The sum of N2.5bn is provided to continue the development of the Warri Industrial Business Park in 2015.

31. Mr. Speaker, Delta State is at the forefront in Information and Communication Technology. Beyond the deployment of appropriate software for the automation of our financial management system, we embarked on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Park.The concept of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Park was nurtured to diversify the domestic economy of Delta State beyond oil. To demonstrate the importance of the park, the Nigerian Communication Commission, one of the core tenants has commenced the buildings of the Digital Bridge Institute for South South region. Other investors have also indicated interest to be part of the initiative. The sum of N560m is set aside for the ICT Park in the 2015 fiscal year.

Energy
32. We have invested in the massive acquisition of power supply infrastructure throughout the state. Our intention is to ensure that our people enjoy efficient service delivery in electricity supply in all communities in the State and enhance the standard of living as well as drive socio-economic and industrial growth and development. As you are well aware Mr. Speaker, State Governments in the past had no roles in the electricity power supply sector except by interventions in the provision of power distribution infrastructure due to poor performance of PHCN in connecting communities to the national grid, expanding and maintaining existing power supply network to meet growing demand.

33. We get about 100 megawatts (MW) of electricity power from the national grid which is far short of the about 1008 mw required. To address this shortfall, this administration has implemented over 415 power supply projects in the State since its inception in May 2007 up till date. These include the Bulk Purchase of additional 262 (Nos) Transformers to complement the injection of over 2000 distribution transformers of various capacities. Also, 48 injection power transformers of various capacities namely 15MVAs, 7.5MVAs, 2.5MVAs and construction of more than 1,500km of 33kv and 11kv overhead high voltage lines using 5,500km of aluminium conductor as well as 1,100km of low voltage lines using 5,000km of aluminium conductors were executed. A notable project of the State Government in the power sector is the development of a 128 MW Delta State Independent Power Plant (IPP) project at Oghareki, Delta State, which has attained an advance stage of completion.

34. We introduced the use of generator powered street lights, which has attained national prominence due to power shortage and today we have 6,126 street light poles made up of generator and solar powered street lights. I can confirm that security at night and night life itself has been greatly enhanced with this initiative; Government shall continue to pursue vigorously efforts aimed at illuminating our cities, towns and communities with both conventional and renewable energy system. The state also has investments in some of the recently privatized power companies such as Transcorp Ughelli power plant, Vigeo power plant and Eurafic power plant with sizeable shareholding in them. We can safely say Delta State is well positioned to adjust to the dynamics of the post PHCN era. A total sum of N7.351bn has been allocated to boost electricity supply throughout the State in 2015. Out of this amount, N4bn is set aside for the completion the IPP project.

Roads/Bridges
35. We have worked tirelessly towards having good network of roads across the state. We have constructed over 1,206 kilometres of road, 663 kilometres of concrete-lined drains, 17 bridges of various spans have been completed and another 25 bridges are in various stages of completion. Some noteworthy roads that we are constructing are the 149 kilometres Asaba-Ughelli dualisation, the 24 kilometre Trans Warri-Ode Itsekiri access roads with 22 bridges, the dualisation of the 33.6 kilometres Ugbenu-Koko road and the Effurun-Osubi-Eku road amongst others. As part of Government’s effort to improve traffic between the Asaba Capital City and the satellite towns, work has commenced on the dualisation of Asaba Okpanam road with drainage aspect since recession of the 2014 rains. The drainage which are intended to arrest the devastating erosion in that area as well as ameliorate flooding in Okpanam road and environs in Asaba metropolis. The Asaba Okpanam dualisation road project which is scheduled for substantial completion in May 2015 will eliminate the traffic gridlock during peak hours and substantially reduce induced man-hours losses while its drainage aspect will arrest the devastating flood and erosion along the route. Also under construction are the Nnebisi/Okpanam/Anwai road flyover and Effurun Roundabout flyover which are due for completion early next year. The construction of Airport Road by Okumagba Avenue flyover will commence soon. Mr. Speaker, in the 2015 fiscal year, the sum of N7bn has been provided for the Ughelli-Asaba Dual carriageway, N3bn for the Trans-Warri Roads project, N2bn for the Ugbenu–Koko road, N3bn for the Effurun-Osubi-Eku Road, N5bn for the Completion of Fly-Overs in Warri/Asaba and N600m for Construction of Umeh Road, among other critical road projects.

Transport Development
36. We can proudly say we have recorded remarkable success in the transport sector. As an important component of the State Economy, our policy on transport is to provide safe, reliable, sustainable, effective, efficient and integrated transport operations and infrastructure that will best meet the needs of passenger and freight services. In pursuit of this policy, Government purchased and distributed 170 Taxis, 805Nos. 18- Seater Toyota Hiace Buses, 9Nos. 38 Seater Nissan Civilian Buses, 50Nos. Marcopolo Buses, 30Nos. Innoson-IVM6125 Series Customized Buses and 10Nos. Tata Buses. This resulted to mass removal of almost all the rickety buses and taxis in the State and has given a facelift to the roads in the Urban Centres.

37. Mr. Speaker. You will agree with me that at a point, commercial motorcycles (popularly called Okada) riders became a threat not only to the safety, but security of our people and so became necessary to ban them. To ameliorate the hardship which the people would face after the ban on Okada riders, we had to consciously and systematically deploy 3,073 units of tricycles. This has resulted in the reduction of accidents and robbery cases in the affected areas.

38. We have also made significant progress in riverine transportation. So far we have constructed 31 concrete jetties. We have also procured and distributed 130 boats for the riverine mass transit scheme. As part of our urban renewal scheme and enhancement of the transportation system in the state, the state government is constructing 30 bus shelters and four city bus terminals. Of special interest are the Ultra-modern Bus Terminals in Asaba and Warri for which the sum of N1.3bn has been allocated.

39. We have also made notable in-road into air transportation. The Asaba International Airport which is fully owned by the Delta State Government and the Osubi airstrip with a 1.8km runway, built by Shell, and operated in partnership with other oil companies are two airports located in Delta State. We have started the construction of a second runway of 4.2km of the Osubi to accommodate bigger aircrafts. The Asaba international airport serves Delta State, as well as the neighbouring Eastern States. With the location of the two airports in the State, air transportation is within easy access to Deltans. Facilities at the airports will continue to be upgraded to meet international standards. In this regard, a total of N2bn and N3bn are proposed for the Asaba and Osubi airports respectively.

Education
40. We have recorded huge returns on our investment in education as a major component of the human capital programme of the three point agenda. We are reducing burden on parents by introducing various scholarship schemes which include Delta students in Law school, Aviation, overseas postgraduate, first class degree, children of deceased civil servants, and the physically challenged. So far, a total 1,651 Deltans have benefited from government full scholarship. We are also paying bursary allowance of N20,000 to Delta State students in the tertiary institutions across the country.

41. We have also made huge impact in the provision of infrastructures required for the effective and efficient administration of our tertiary institutions. The Faculty of Engineering, Delsu Oleh campus; male students accommodation at Asaba campus; the Senate/Administrative building Delsu Abraka; the library complex at Asaba campus, amongst many others. In response to the increasing demand for tertiary education, the State Government approved the setting up of additional four new polytechnics at Sapele, Bomadi, Aboh and Abigborodo which are gradually being developed. Our basic and secondary schools have also received a sizeable government attention by making sure that education is almost free with qualitative and quantitative improvement all around. Over 142 primary schools and 34 secondary schools have been reconstructed and remodelled with modern facilities.

42. Also, 13 selected secondary schools have been upgraded to international standards. To meet the growing demand for education, we have to build additional 147 primary schools to add to the existing 1,146 public primary schools in the state bringing the total public primary schools to 1,293 schools. Furthermore, 54 new secondary schools were added to the existing 412 public secondary schools making it 466. Besides, government has been responsible for the payment of all levies and fees for pupils and students in the state including external examinations conducted by WAEC and National Business and Technical Examinations Education Board (NABTEB) since 2008. To strengthen capacity of our teachers, 32,565 primary school teachers were trained to improve their teaching abilities.

43. Mr. Speaker we have through Education Marshals initiative contained rising incidence of out-of-school children in the state. This programme is aimed at eradicating ‘Street Culture’ to bring about ‘Learning Culture’ Our target is to reduce the presence of our children in the street and take them into class rooms. So far, a total of 196,180 out-of-school children have been rescued from the streets and returned to schools. This is made up of 97,944 boys and 98,236 girls. Expectedly, it has helped in the implementation of the Child Rights Act, 2010. The Delta State Education Marshal Bill which is in its final stage of legal draft will further strengthen the initiative. In the 2015 fiscal year, the sum of N3bn is budgeted for primary and secondary schools infrastructure development and N2bn for the four New Polytechnics in the State.

Health
44. Healthcare is a key part of the Human Capital Development. Our objective is to make quality health care delivery available, accessible and affordable to all Deltans and other residents. We have substantially reduced mortality and morbidity in the State. Our approach is holistic, and focuses on the upgrade of health infrastructure in the urban and rural areas through the provision of specialized health care system.

45. The Rural Health Scheme, in particular has facilitated health care services to the door-steps of our people, particularly those in the rural and riverine areas at little or no cost to them. The Free Maternal Health Programme supports the pursuit of Goal 5 of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The target is to reduce maternal mortality rate of about 800 per one hundred thousand births in the State. The programme covers ante-natal care, normal delivery, provision of routine drugs throughout the duration of pregnancy and up to six weeks after delivery including caesarean sections.

46. Most of the older hospitals in the State have undergone physical renovation, and new ones built in areas (particularly Local Government Headquarters) where none existed, bringing the total number of functional hospitals in the State to sixty-three (63). The renovated and newly constructed hospitals have been progressively equipped and re-equipped with both basic and specialized equipment and ultra-modern patient care facilities.

47. Our healthcare system performance has been encouraging and in many aspects within a touching distance of the MDG goal. For instance, maternal mortality rate in 2008 was 395 per 100,000 live births, in 2013 it came down to 188. Ante-natal clinic attendance was 166,061 in 2008, and with advocacy and health education programmes in 2013, ante natal clinic attendance increased to 372,441. Infant mortality rate is now 12 per 1000 live births. The progress is encouraging and very positive. Through our rural healthcare programme we have also touched lives of the vulnerable groups in the society.

48. At the tertiary level, this administration completed the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, which can compete favourably with other teaching hospital in the West African Sub region. Following the breakthroughs we had with knee replacement surgery and kidney transplant at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara our healthcare system achieved national prominence. The institution is serving as manpower development centre and referral to other health institutions within and outside the State. Government has also rendered assistance to patients by providing 75% subsidy for renal dialysis.

49. We have completed the 100-bed Integrated Mother and Child Care Centres (MCC) at the Central Hospitals Warri and Ekpan. We have rehabilitated and remodelled Eku Government Baptist hospital and equipped with state of the art equipment. Worth mentioning Mr. Speaker, is the construction and remodelling of the Asaba Central Hospital, which is near completion. To sustain our efforts the sums of N2bn each is set aside for the Teaching Hospital, Oghara and Central Hospital, Asaba. In addition, N500m each is provided for Eku Baptist Hospital, and Maternal and Child care Centres in Warri and Ekpan.

50. May I, Mr. Speaker, use this opportunity to once again thank Nigerians for their cooperation in addressing the Ebola crises, especially those in the healthcare sector who risked their lives to curb the spread of the deadly disease. I wish to commend the Federal Government in particular for the timely response to curtail the spread of the virus. I am proud to say that due to our institutional structures, we in Delta State were fully prepared to contain the spread. In 2015, we intend to establish a Public Health Laboratory in the State to combat communicable diseases such as the Ebola virus Disease (EVD), HIV and tuberculosis. The reference laboratory shall be fully equipped with the latest functional medical facilities to serve the above diagnostic needs of the State.

Social Development and Sports
51. Mr. Speaker, Sir, after the 2012 Olympics where Nigeria had her worst performance, it became apparent that we needed to chart a new course for our sports development. A first step towards this was the first National Sports Summit hosted in Asaba by the Delta State Government. It had in attendance the best brains in sports administration in Nigeria. The fallouts of the summit are being systematically and strategically implemented by Government. Our number one position in sports in Nigeria today is incontrovertible and this laudable achievement is coming on the backdrop of sports development being undertaken by this administration. Government will continue to support sports men and women, both nationally and internationally.

52. We have impacted positively on the wellbeing of our people in the rural areas through our community driven development intervention programmes. This we have done by providing access to social amenities and infrastructures like markets, schools, health centres, rural electricity and water projects to enhance their welfare. We have through this programme encouraged our communities to participate effectively in governance. We have also embarked on the training of people in these communities to equip them with requisite knowledge and skills for effective execution, maintenance and sustenance of these projects. This has increased awareness in community ownership and involvement in project execution and sustainability. It will also interest you to note Mr. Speaker, that there has been tremendous increase in sensitizing the rural populace in the area of participation in governance as to identification and prioritization of needs of their communities.

53. We have also made remarkable impact on youth development where we have committed huge resources, in view of its importance as a tool for promoting and sustaining peace and security in the State. The youth programs are designed to change the repentant youths and school dropouts to make them self-reliant, in so doing taking them off the streets. To facilitate this, twelve Youth Development and Skill Acquisition Centres across the State have been built and equipped by this administration. To further strengthen our human capital programme, we sent 147 youths recently, to Trinidad and Tobago for skill acquisition in areas that will impact the state’s economy. This will improve the skill sets of the youths and replicate lessons from Trinidad and Tobago in Delta State. A total sum ofN2.7bnhas been allocated to this sub-sector.

ENVIRONMENTAL SECTOR
54. Our dream for tomorrow is to have a cleaner, healthier and sustainable environment particularly, in our homes, streets, markets and schools. We are also monitoring and controlling flood and coastal erosion, encouraging tree planting to regenerate our forests, landscaping and beautification of streets and highways. The global issue of climate change adaptation and mitigation has also remained in the front burner of this Administration.

55. You will recall Mr. Speaker Sir, the 2012 flood crises that ravaged our cities and towns. That incidence opened our eyes to adopt pre-emptive measures toward addressing flood and erosion issues. We shall continue to clear the drains and creeks in major towns and cities across the State. This will allow for the free flow of run-off water and thus preventing flood and erosion in major towns and cities. In fact, you would have observed that the continuous clearance of drains and canals across the state in the past three years has drastically reduced the incidence of flooding as was recorded in the past. We have not lost sight of the degradation process of our coastal region and to this end we are adopting strict environmental protection policies that would ensure the protection of our shorelines. The sum of N2.1bn each has been allocated for the Warri and Asaba drainage projects.

56. In our resolve to address the problem of waste management and create jobs and wealth for our people, we are establishing an Integrated Waste Management Facilities for the recycling of glass, rubber/plastics, compost biodegradable waste and incineration of waste in Asaba and Igbogidi, near Warri. The Asaba plant is already undergoing test running, while that of Igbogidi is under construction. The sum of N1.1bn is provided for the completion of the project in 2015.

57. To ensure enforcement of our environmental sanitation laws, we introduced the Environmental Sanitation Marshals in some selected towns across the State namely Warri, Asaba, Ughelli, Sapele, Agbor, Ozoro and Oghara. The marshals has mandate to act as public watchdogs in the area of Environmental Sanitation such as checking of indiscriminate dumping of refuse in streets, drains, checking of street trading, etc.

58. Mr. Speaker Sir, Distinguished Honourable members, as you may have observed, our cities and towns are progressively wearing new looks. We are resolute on our drive to keep Delta State clean and beautiful. Apart from the aesthetic value, our beautification project is associated with; it also helps to reduce the effect of global warming, improved public health through cleanliness & disease control, economic opportunities through provision of jobs & wealth creation. Some of the activities include landscaping, erection of important monuments, provision of fruit stands and snack shops, placement of identification signage, construction of gardens & recreation parks, ornamental tree planting major roads in the State, etc. To continue with the beautification of our towns, the sum of N1bn is set aside for the junction improvement projects.

Housing
59. We are grappling with increasing demand for housing, particularly in Asaba. This is not surprising as Asaba is regarded as the fastest growing new city in Nigeria today. It is also a transit town for travellers. Last year, we embarked on the construction of low and medium housing scheme for civil servants. It comprised of 50 units of 1 bedroom, 50 units of 2 bedroom, and 30 units of 3 bedrooms. It will ease the pressure on public officers when they are allocated these houses on completion and give them a new lease of life. This is aside several other housing schemes located in other parts of the state. The sum of N500m is earmarked for the completion of the housing estate in Asaba next year.

Special Infrastructure Development
60. Mr. Speaker, Sir, this administration created a Directorate for Special Infrastructure to fast track infrastructural development in the state. Some projects classified as ‘Special’ are excised from the responsibilities of other Government Agencies and executed through separate Project Implementation Committees. Some of the special projects are being financed with the Delta State Development Bond. With this strategy, we reduced bureaucratic bottlenecks and improve on the infrastructure development in the State.

Infrastructure Development Bond
61. The desire by the State to accelerate infrastructure development and ensure a better life for all Deltans put some level of financial pressure on the State as it tried to prudently allocate resources for competing needs. In a bid therefore to finance its revolutionary infrastructural development initiatives, the Government considered the option of tapping into the domestic debt market to raise adequate funds to help bridge the funding gap between funds from both internally generated sources and the Federal Government’s Allocation and the States actual funding requirements, based on its developmental plan. The choice of bond as a funding option, therefore Mr. Speaker, was informed by the fact that they were cheap, fiscally prudent and convenient source of funds with longer tenor that tend to offer liquidity advantages. The projects executed from the bond proceeds include Road & Bridges, Schools, Hospitals, High and Customary Courts, Industrial Parks, Water, and Transportation. The bond has been efficiently utilised. So far a total of 103 projects have been completed.

DELTA STATE OIL PRODUCING AREAS DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION DESOPADEC
62. This administration through DESOPADEC, has impacted on the oil producing communities by building infrastructures such as roads, schools, hospitals, electricity, water, which in the past had been neglected. It is gladdening to note that the Commission has been well positioned to support our development efforts. In line with the funding requirement therefore, the sum of N34bn (thirty four billion naira) representing 50% of projected derivation revenue receipts from oil accruable to Delta State, is set aside for the development of oil producing communities in the 2015 fiscal year.

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
63. We have made considerable efforts at improving our office infrastructure, fit for working comforts. With the completion of the new State Secretariat Annex and acquisition of other public buildings, Government has substantially reduced its presence in rented private owned buildings. The construction of a new Government House and the completion of Office of the Head of Service Complex at Asaba will further improve the office accommodation situation in the State.

64. For effective administration of justice in the state, we embarked on massive construction, rehabilitation, furnishing and equipping of High Courts, Magistrate Courts and Judges’ Quarters’ throughout the state. The state’s Justice System has grown positively particularly in the areas of advocacy, promotion of criminal justice and conflict resolution through mediation to ensure that the agenda of Government is achieved.

65. The State currently is peaceful and safe and we will not relent in our commitment to the security of lives and properties of Deltans as this is a basic requirement for ensuring the continuing growth and development of the State and well-being of its citizens. To sustain this situation, over 241 operational, patrol, Armoured Personnel Carrier and other security vehicles have been provided to support security agencies. This is aside other logistics support, financial assistance as well as security gadgets and equipments that were provided.

66. We embraced the full automation of our financial management and reporting processes. The system is currently undergoing upgrade and expansion as part of the public financial management reforms driven by the World Bank. The project, on completion, will improve transparency and accountability in managing our resources.

67. Mr. Speaker Sir, this administration knows that observance of enacted appropriation law, high fiscal discipline, strict adherence to due process and the exercise of a good measure of control over expenditure are necessary ingredients for the achievement of desired results. These virtues have been the driving force behind it in the past seven years.

CONCLUSION
68. Mr. Speaker, honourable members of the House, I sincerely express my deepest gratitude and that of the entire executive arm of this government to you for your support these past years. Indeed, the entire people of Delta State have immensely befitted from the peaceful and cordial relationship between this honourable House and other arms of government. We greet you all. I wish to also use this opportunity to thank all public and civil servants for their untiring and unwavering support these past seven and half years.

69. As we steadily and gradually move towards the termination of this administration, I want to assure all Deltans that we are leaving behind institutional structures that the incoming administration would build on. We remain dedicated to the promotion of the best interests of our people. We will carefully and strongly follow the path of honour in the pursuit of our objective of providing qualitative infrastructure and services for our people.

70. Having restored peace and security during these past seven years, I wish to remind us all, Mr Speaker, honourable members that we need to sustain the energy and resources in building peace and harmonious co-existence in the State. We are one big family; let us continue to live as one.

71. Mr Speaker and distinguished members of this honourable House, I thank you for your kind attention. I wish you peace, love and God’s protection and guidance in all your present and future endeavours. Merry Christmas and happy New Year in advance!

72. Thank you and God bless us all.

Office of the Governor,
Government House,
Asaba.

December, 2014.
Gov Emmanuel Uduaghan

Delta State 2011 Budget Speech

April 8, 2015

YEAR 2011 REVENUE BUDGET PERFORMANCE
(JANUARY 2011 TO SEPTEMBER 2011)
The State Government, during the nine months of January to September, 2011, recorded a total revenue performance of N169.89bn (one hundred and sixty-nine billion, eight hundred and ninety million naira), representing an overall performance of 62.59% over expected proportionate receipts ofN271.42bn. Out of this amount, the sum of N139.04bn (one hundred and thirty-nine billion, forty million naira) was received as Statutory Allocation from the Federation Account. The amount represents 103.47% performance of the proportionate estimate of N134.38bn (one hundred and thirty-four billion, three hundred and eighty million naira). On the other hand, the sum of N6.25bn (six billion, two hundred and fifty million naira) was recorded as receipts from Value Added Tax (VAT) out of the proportionate projected receipts of N7.44bn (seven hundred billion, four hundred and forty million naira),representing a budget performance of 84.59%, while the sum of N24.54bn (twenty-four billion, five hundred and forty million naira) was recorded as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) out of the projected revenue of N25.95bn (twenty-five billion, nine hundred and fifty million naira), representing a budget performance of 94.58%. As for Other Capital Revenues, nothing was received during the period under review. However, proceeds from the Development Bond were received in the last quarter of this year, 2011. The breakdown of the revenue receipts from individual revenue sources is provided hereunder:

Sources
Approved 2011 Budget
Proportionate Budget Jan-Sept, 2011
Actual Revenue Jan – Sept, 2011
%
Per
I
Internally Generated Revenue
34,601,446,623
25,951,084,968
24,545,129,537
94.58
Ii
Statutory Allocation Including Mineral Rev.Derivation

179,174,871,560
134,381,153,670
139,047,644,025
103.47
iii
Value Added Tax
9,927,756,200
7,445,817,150
6,298,516,378
84.59

Sub total
223,704,074,383
167,778,055,788
169,891,289,939
101.26
Iv
Other Capital Receipts
138,200,000,000
103,650,000,000

0.00

Total
361,904,074,383
271,428,055,788
169,891,289,939
62.

The above revenue receipts represent a 12.85% increase on N150.54bn (one hundred and fifty billion, five hundred and forty million naira) recorded for the corresponding period of January to September, 2010. The area that was significantly affected is the Statutory Allocation from which N115.62bn (one hundred and fifteen billion, six hundred and twenty million naira), was received in 2010 as against N139.047bn (one hundred and thirty-nine billion, forty-seven million naira) received for the same period in 2011. It is important to note, however, that there is an improvement in the collection of IGR in the State. The N24.54bn (twenty-four billion, five hundred and forty million naira) collected this year is N8.37bn higher than the sum of N16.16bn (sixteen billion, one hundred and sixty million naira) collected for the same period in 2010, this represents 51.84% increase. This perhaps, can be attributed to the conscientious effort of government owing to the passage of the revenue bill, which gave an autonomous status and other incentives to the State Board of Internal Revenue.

EXPENDITURE (JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER, 2011)
As for expenditure, a total sum of N146.025bn (one hundred and forty-six billion, twenty-five million naira) was spent during the period January – September, 2011. Out of this amount, the sum of N87.96bn (eighty-seven billion, nine hundred and sixty million naira) was spent on recurrent items as against a proportionate approved budget of N101.00bn (one hundred and one billion naira) representing a budget performance of 87.07%. A total of N77.97bn(seventy-seven billion, nine hundred and seventy million naira) or 111.49% accounted for Personnel and Overhead costs as against the proportionate budget ofN69.934bn (sixty-nine billion, nine hundred and thirty-four million naira). The sum of N9.97bn (nine billion, nine hundred and seventy million naira) was spent on Pension and Gratuities, Statutory Salaries, 10% Statutory Allocation to Local Government Councils, 2.5% Allocation to Local Government Pension Fund as against the proportionate approved budget of N31,07bn (thirty-one billion naira) for the period. This represents a performance of 32.10%.The breakdown is summarized below:
Recurrent Expenditure
Approved 2011 Budget
Proportionate Budget Jan-Sept, 2011
Actual Revenue Jan – Sept, 2011
% Per
i
Personnel Costs
45,533,777,699
34,150,333,274
48,363,618,535
141.62
ii
Overhead Costs
47,712,864,840
35,784,648,630
29,609,141,738
82.74
iii
Con. Rev. Charge
41,427,706,881
31,070,780,161
9,973,985,157
32.10

Total
134,674,349,420
101,005,762,065
87,946,745,430
87.07

The sum of N48.36bn (forty-eight billion, three hundred and sixty million naira) was spent on personnel cost against a proportionate budget ofN34.15bn (thirty-four billion, one hundred and fifty million naira), representing a performance of 141.62%. This is an increase of N17.98bn (seventeen billion, nine hundred and eighty million naira) or 59.20% over the sum of N30.37bn (thirty billion, three hundred and seventy million naira) spent on personnel cost for the corresponding period in 2010. The increase in personnel cost is consequent on the upward review of wage bill of Delta State workforce. The deficit however, has been provided for in the 2011 budget re-alignment.

The sum of N227.22bn (two hundred and twenty-seven billion, two hundred and twenty million naira) was budgeted for Capital Expenditure. During the year, actual expenditure for the period, January-September, 2011 was N58.07bn (fifty-eight billion naira) as a against the proportionate budget figure ofN170.42bn (one hundred and seventy billion, four hundred and twenty million naira), representing a budget performance of 34.08%. It is important to note that out of the actual capital spending of N58.07bn (fifty-eight billion naira), DESOPADEC accounted for N21.85bn (twenty-one billion, eight hundred and fifty million naira). This represents 37.63% of the total actual capital spending. A breakdown of the Sectoral performance for the period is as follows:
Capital Expenditure
Approved 2011 Budget
Proportionate Budget Jan-Sept, 2011
Actual Revenue Jan – Sept, 2011
% Per
I
Economic
68,642,401,721
51,481,801,291
15,529,900,939
30.17
Ii
Social
39,853,916,768
29,890,437,576
3,996,309,079
13.37
Iii
Environmental
61,082,444,392
45,811,833,294
9,482,005,362
20.70
Iv
General Administration
22,150,962,082
16,613,221,562
7,212,837,218
43.42
V
DESOPADEC
35,000,000,000
26,250,000,000
21,857,484,429
83.27
Vi
Contingency Fund
500,000,000
375,000,000

0.00

Total
227,229,724,963
170,422,293,722
58,078,537,026
34.08
YEAR 2012 BUDGET
Mr. Speaker, distinguished members of the Delta State House of Assembly, I have just presented to you a concise review of the implementation of the 2011 budget. I shall therefore proceed immediately to present to you, the budget for the 2012 fiscal year.

Mr. Speaker, we have articulated a budget proposal of N383.39bn (three hundred and eighty-three billion, three hundred and ninety million naira) for the 2012 fiscal year. The amount is made up of N169.82bn (one hundred and sixty-nine billion, eight hundred million naira) or 44.30% for Recurrent Expenditure and N213.57bn (two hundred and thirteen billion, five hundred and sixty-seven million naira) or 52.31% for Capital Expenditure.

The year 2012 budget proposal shows an aggregate increase of N21.08bn (twenty-one billion naira) or 5.94% when compared to the year 2011 approved budget of N361.90bn (three hundred and sixty-one billion, nine hundred million naira)

The 2012 budget is predicated on result oriented strategies. Government is moving away from the usual budget practices of mere allocation of figures to a practical, structured, and robust approach that can sustain development. This Budget, therefore, is crafted to address the problems that have confronted us over the years.

Mr. Speaker, Members of this Honourable House, the key objectives of Year 2012 Budget would be geared towards poverty reduction and empowerment of our people: we want to increase access to quality healthcare, social service and infrastructure targeted towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); we want to enhance the value of the public-private partnership in all aspects of economic and social development of the State; we want to foster the generation of more employment opportunities for our teeming youths; we want strong and diversification of the economic base of the State.

SOURCES OF FUND
The main sources of funds for the 2012 budget are:
Sources
Proposed Budget 2012
Percentage %
I
Internally Generated Revenue
51,447,050,581
13.42
Ii
Statutory Allocation Including Mineral Rev. Derivation

170,000,000,000
44.34
Iii
Value Added Tax
9,991,239,535
2.61
Iv
Other Capital Receipts
151,951,842,222
39.63

Total
383,390,132,338
100.00

INTERNALLY GENERATED REVENUE
With the passage of the Delta State Internal Revenue Consolidation Bill 2009, the Board of Internal Revenue, will continue to enjoy government support and will be strengthened to improve its tax administration machinery. Some strategic measures we took to support the BIR in revenue mobilization include granting it autonomy; reorganization of its management and administrative structure; automation of the board’s collection mechanism; maintaining a good Database Management System (DBMS) and Tax Administration; collaborating and interfacing with other MDAs connected with IGR operations in the State. It is as a result of these actions, that we are expecting the sum of N51.44bn (fifty-one billion, forty-four million naira) from Internally Generated Revenue in 2012 as against the sum of N34.60bn (thirty-four billion, sixty million naira) under the 2011 budget. The IGR estimates for 2012 is higher than the 2011 approved estimates by N16.84bn (sixteen billion, eight-four million naira) or 48.68%. This optimism is derived from the measures we have put in place. I therefore sincerely appeal to all Deltans, corporate bodies and other residents in the State to faithfully meet their civic obligations to the State without coercion.

MONTHLY ALLOCATION
Monthly Allocation from the Federation Account is the principal source of revenue of government. We have proposed the sum of N170bn (one hundred and seventy billion naira) in the 2012 draft budget as Statutory Allocation, against the 2011 figure of N179.10bn (one hundred and seventy-nine billion, one hundred million naira). The 2012 proposed estimates is N9bn (nine billion naira) or 5.12 % lower than that of 2011.

OTHER CAPITAL RECEIPTS/MISCELLANEOUS
The sum of N151.95bn (one hundred and fifty-one billion, nine hundred and fifty million naira) is proposed as Capital Receipts/Miscellaneous for 2012. This is an increase of N13.75bn (thirteen billion, seven hundred and fifty million naira) or 9.95% from N138.20bn (one hundred and thirty eight billion, two hundred million naira) approved for the 2011 budget. The second tranche of the N100bn (one hundred billion naira) Development Bond amounting to N50bn (fifty billion naira) is being expected in 2012. Most of the projects funded with bond proceeds are expected to generate revenue directly and indirectly, and hence will increase IGR and support the servicing and repayment of the debt. We are hopeful that they will also attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) which will also in turn increase our revenue base. We will explore more credible ways of managing the deficits. A realistic approach is the re-alignment of the budget within the year. This involves sourcing of funds within the fiscal year from less performing budget heads to areas which require additional funds. This way, we will avoid the usual borrowing from commercial banks. We are also counting on improved revenue receipts from our internally generated revenue sources and hopefully from the statutory allocations from the federation accounts.

RECURRENT EXPENDITURES
The total recurrent expenditure estimates for 2012 is N169.82bn (one hundred and sixty-nine billion, eight hundred million naira) made up of personnel costs of N80.56bn (eighty billion, five hundred and sixty-four million naira) or 47.44% and overhead costs of N48.68bn (forty-eight billion, six hundred and eighty million naira) or 28.67%. The personnel costs proposal for 2012 is higher than the 2011 approved personnel costs of N45.53bn (forty-five billion, five hundred and thirty-three million naira) by N33.03bn (thirty-three billion, thirty million naira) or 76.93%, while the overhead costs of N48.68bnproposal for 2012 is higher than the 2011 overhead costs of N47.71bn by N 976.23m or 2.05%. On the other hand, the Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges ofN40.56bn (forty billion, five hundred and sixty-nine million naira) proposal for 2012 is lower than the 2011 approved amount of N41.42bn (forty-one billion, four hundred and twenty-seven million naira) by N857.73m or 2.07%. The recurrent expenditure estimates is summarized hereunder:
Items
Proposed Budget 2012
Percentage %
I
Personnel Costs
80,564,125,769
47.44
Ii
Overhead Costs
48,689,103,852
28.67
Iii
Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges
40,569,967,479
23.89

Total
169,823,197,100
100
Mr. Speaker, Members of this Honourable House, the increase in personnel costs is predicated on payment of the minimum wage promised to workers by this administration. The 2012 proposal has a 25% mark up of existing personnel costs actual projections for this year, to accommodate promotions, conferment of incremental credits and other staff emoluments. This increase as you will observe, has impacted hugely on the overall budget size.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ESTIMATES
The proposed capital expenditure estimates for 2012 is N213.56bn (two hundred and thirteen billion, five hundred and sixty-sixty million). The dominance of capital estimates over recurrent in the past years demonstrates this administration’s commitment towards substantial infrastructural development throughout the State. The proposal is N13.66bn (thirteen billion, six hundred and sixty-two million) or 6.01% lower than the 2011 capital budget of N227.22bn (two hundred and twenty-seven billion, two hundred and twenty-nine million). The decrease is due mainly to the desire of this administration to avoid over ambitious capital budget which cannot be actualized. The sectoral breakdown of the capital expenditure estimates is as stated hereunder:
Sector
Proposed Budget 2012
Percentage %
I
Economic
72,944,525,971
34.16
Ii
Social
45,310,654,218
21.22
Iii
Environmental
37,807,522,376
17.70
Iv
General Administration
22,004,232,673
10.30
V
Delta State Oil Producing Areas Dev. Commission
35,000,000,000
16.39
Vi
Contingency
500,000,000
0.23

Total
213,566,935,238
100

SECTORAL HIGHLIGHTS
Mr. Speaker, Sir, Honourable members of this House, let me now highlight some salient areas of the capital proposals.

AGRICULTURE
Currently employing over 60% of the working population, agriculture, in its totality, remains the core of our economy. It provides a source of livelihood in one form or the other for a vast majority of our people. The focus of government therefore is to ensure food security, availability of raw materials for industries and full employment opportunities in the state.

To achieve this, we have undertaken various programmes/projects in food and tree crops development, agricultural mechanization, agricultural credit, farm settlement scheme, communal farming, farm inputs distribution, livestock and fishery development, produce inspection, veterinary services, and the Youth Empowerment through Agricultural (YETA) programmes. We are also involved in some Federal and development partner-supported agricultural projects such as Root & Tuber Expansion Programme (RTEP), National Programme on Food Security (NPFS), Third National Programme on Fadama (FADAMA III), and Community Based Natural Resources Management Programme (CBNRMP)

Mr. Speaker, this administration will also build on its partnership with the private sector in the production and processing of cassava, including the cultivation of rice. In the overall pursuit of increased production in the agricultural sector, extension services and agents will be strengthened to be more productive. A key strategy for the 2012 fiscal year is the Cassava Development Initiative Programme driven by the Federal Government. To demonstrate our readiness to be part of this initiative, we have allocated the sum of N2bn (two billion naira) for the programme.

INDUSTRY
Mr. Speaker, Honourable members, one of the viable instruments we are using to reduce poverty and create a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship is the Delta State Micro Credit Programme. Through this Scheme, government is creating opportunities for our people who might otherwise be unable to access such facility. The micro credit programme has three attributes viz, empowering of the grassroots population, creating new wealth at that level and reducing unemployment in the productive age bracket. From inception in December, 2007 to May 2011, a total of 85,776 persons comprising 54,531 women and 31,245 men were empowered in various micro enterprises, this includes 411 persons under Delta Oceanic Micro Credit Scheme Account (DOMSA). This programme will continue to receive maximum attention in 2012. The sum of N1.5bn (one billion, five hundred million naira) is allocated to the Micro Credit Scheme in the 2012 fiscal year.

Mr. Speaker, in the realization that the totality of the revenue receipts of government from all sources is insufficient to provide the critical infrastructure necessary to drive businesses, various strategies are being pursued by government to attract public/private partnership (PPP) for infrastructure development of the State. One of such strategy is the Warri Industrial Business Park (WIBP). Warri is on its way to being industrialized with the development of this initiative. The Park is conceived as one of the key strategies of government to diversify the state’s economic base, attract new businesses and stimulate existing ones in the oil city. The park is envisioned to reshape the economic potentials of Warri and the state at large, as it will focus on the real sector of the economy—manufacturing. It will be environmental friendly and will provide a range of services for all types of enterprises on completion.
Clearly a successful industrial park with world class facilities will reverse capital outflow from the State and attract both foreign and local investments, we are therefore proposing the sum of N3.0bn (three billion naira) for the park in the year 2012 budget proposal.

TRANSPORTATION
In line with our policy of diversifying the economy and providing a solid infrastructure and industrial base for the State, we have in the last five years embarked on an integrated transportation network comprising air, sea and road transport linkages to facilitate rapid socio-economic transformation and development.

The Asaba International Airport has come on stream with limited commercial flight following the deployment of professional officers from NAMA, FAAN and NIMET. The Airport, which has a runway of 3,400m long and 60m wide was conceived, with the understanding that stable and reliable means of transportation forms an essential component of the economic development of any country or state. Asaba forms a connector between western, eastern and northern Nigeria hence this administration thought it expedient to provide a Nigerian category “A” Airport in the State capital to cater for our air transportation needs. It will boost the socio-economic fortunes of the State as it will take advantage of the vast business opportunities within the State and across the Niger as businessmen would be able to travel and handle multiple business matters more effectively. Currently only two airlines are operating scheduled flights daily on the Lagos and Abuja routes. Several other airlines have indicated interest in operating at the Airport. On completion, it will have a maximum take-off weight of 630 metric tonnes vessels such as Boeing 747. Government has acquired additional land to develop the Cargo Section which will comprise of a parallel taxiway to the runway, warehouse, customs, immigration and security terminal, a Tarmac to hold Boeing 747s, and heavy duty equipment. The sum of N4.0bn (four billion naira) has been provided for its completion in the draft year 2012 Budget.

Further on air transportation, the provision of a second Runway and expansion of the existing one at Osubi Airport to enable it accommodate wide body aircrafts is another infrastructural transformation project being embarked upon by this administration to tap into the business opportunities in that axis. The project will take off fully in 2012. The sum of N8.0bn (eight billion naira) is proposed for the Osubi Airport expansion.

On roads, government will continue with its commitments to provide an effective, sustainable road network that will enhance transportation and communication State wide. The goal is to integrate the remote rural and riverine communities to urban centres and provide integrated road projects throughout the state. Also government has embarked on the construction of roads to various agricultural centres in Umeh, Mbiri and Illah to facilitate the evacuation of agricultural products to areas where they are needed.

The State Government Mr. Speaker, has also embarked on the rehabilitation, reconstruction and upgrading of major roads in some towns in the State. Already, contracts for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and upgrading of 15 roads in Asaba, the state capital have been awarded while those of Warri, Ughelli, Sapele and Agbor will soon come on stream. The goal is to provide all season roads in the State.

In the 2012 fiscal year, government intends to increase the tempo of work on the various road dualization projects. To this end, Mr. Speaker, the sum ofN5.0bn (five billion naira) has been set aside for the Ughelli-Asaba Dual carriageway, N2.0bn (two billion naira) for the Ugbenu –Koko road, N3.94bn (three billion nine hundred and forty million naira) for the Effurun- Osubi-Eku Road, N5.0bn (five billion naira) for the TransWarri-Ode-Itsekiri Roads and bridge among other crucial road projects. The Direct Labour Agency is being repositioned as an intervention agency to carry out sustained maintenance of roads throughout the state.

Riverine transportation will be given a further boost in the coming year as the State government will soon take delivery of 130 boats for Riverine Mass transit scheme. This is to provide more comfortable, safe and improved movement of goods and persons within the riverine communities in the State. Also, government has built landing Jetties in some riverine communities to ensure safety and facilitate the evacuation of people and goods from the communities.

The government in 2012 will ensure further improvement of land transportation and safety. We will in this regard increase the installation of traffic signs on the highways and township roads across the State. We will ensure the construction and maintenance of traffic route reflection billboards, solar powered traffic light/signals and road markings. These safety measures will reduce the incidence of road traffic accidents. Government will continue to improve on the successes so far recorded in the Delta mass transportation scheme in which 500 air-conditioned buses and taxi-cabs were acquired and distributed to ease movement of people and goods in the State. A total sum of N9.4bn (five billion, four hundred million naira) has been provided for our mass transportation in 2012.

FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
Government will direct its investments efforts towards the generation of more employment while encouraging direct private investments. The State government will do everything to ensure the success of the Koko Export Processing Zone. The Free Trade Zone will boost entrepreneurship, because normal trade barriers such as tariff and quotas are eliminated and bureaucratic requirement are reduced. It is expected that tax break and other additional incentives will be part on the offering to stimulate real economic growth, which in turn, will create job opportunities, especially for our youths. We are proposing the sum of N2.0bn (two billion naira) to facilitate the quick take-off of the FTZ project.

I am pleased to inform this distinguished House that Government is in partnership with a private investor, Delta Leisure Destination Park (DLDP) to develop a world class tourism resort in the state. The project is divided into two components. The first one, located at Oleri in Udu LGA is designed to have Five Star, Three Star Hotels and mini suites with big shopping mall that will house branded designers’ shops. There is also a waterfall, cable rides, restaurants of international cuisines, and world class recreational facilities. The other component of the project is the Wildlife Park in Ogwashi uku. Both projects when completed will have employment capacity of 6,000 people as well as increase our internal revenue generation. The sum of N1.2bn (one billion, two hundred million naira) is allocated to the DLDP as government investment into the project for the 2011 fiscal year.

EDUCATION
Education as we all know remains the bedrock of any development. To that extent qualitative education for Deltans will remain a major priority of this government. We will continue with systematic improvement of the educational infrastructure in the State. We will continue to ensure regular rehabilitation and renovation of existing schools. This administration has commenced the construction of model schools across the State. No child will be denied access to fair opportunity to proper education, therefore this administration will continue with its policy of equitable distribution of teachers to the urban and rural/riverine areas. Although we have returned some schools to their original owners – the Missionaries, we will not shirk from our responsibility of close inspection, monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning in all schools in the State. To continue to improve the capacities of our teachers and also provide adequate classrooms and learning facilities, a total sum of N13bn (thirteen billion naira) is specially provided for the upgrade of Primary and Secondary schools in the state.

On higher education, we are aware of the educational needs of our people, this government will continue to ensure the provision of efficient service delivery and quality assurance in the educational system in the areas of teaching, learning and research. To address inadequate admission into our schools, government will ensure that within the next five years, the carrying capacity of State-owned tertiary institutions is increased to accommodate at least 25% of the youths of Delta State, seeking admission. This, we will achieve through physical and infrastructural development of State-owned campuses and institutions in order to sustain the projected increase in the carrying capacity of the institutions. It is also important to mention that the projects proposed for the 2012 fiscal year are strategic, being infrastructural requirements aimed at making the atmosphere in our tertiary education more clement. A total sum of N7.50bn (seven billion, five hundred million naira) is allocated to Higher Education for 2012 fiscal year.

HEALTH
Today, Mr. Speaker, we can proudly say that we have an outstanding record in our healthcare services, because of our belief that health is wealth. With this track record we will strive to do more for our people. We will continue to pursue health reforms to ensure effective healthcare delivery, especially at the primary level to promote a healthy and productive population. The main focus of our healthcare reforms going forward is to restructure the health delivery system by shifting emphasis from curative to preventive health care.

Our healthcare support to pregnant women and under five children have given them great hope, it has saved so many lives and eased burden on the vulnerable in our society. More women now give birth in the same hospitals where they were registered due to increasing awareness of the programme. It is a legacy to our people which they cherish so much. In this regard, Government will intensify effort to equip existing hospitals and Primary Health Care centres to deliver more efficient services.

Mr. Speaker, Honourable members of the House, another area of intervention by this administration is the financial medical assistance provided to indigent Deltans who are plagued with diseases and conditions In the last four years, government gave such financial assistance to a large number of Deltans many of them were sponsored to seek medical attention outside Nigeria. We are determined to continue with these programmes, that’s why a total sum ofN1.10bn (one billion, one hundred million naira) is set aside for that.

The Delta State Teaching Hospital at Oghara is fully operational. The first batch of medical students trained at the Hospital has graduated. The Teaching Hospital was planned to become a model learning institution for all cadres of the health professionals and as a referral centre per excellence within the country. It is, I am happy to say, a wonderful edifice we should all be proud of. At present, the institution has in its management professionals from within and outside the country. A total sum of N3.00bn (three billion naira) is allocated to the Health sub-sector in the 2011 budget.

ENERGY
Mr. Speaker, in keeping with our set objectives of realizing our goal of diversifying the State economy and the three-point agenda that targets the socio-economic and industrial transformation of the State, our emphasis in the energy sector will remain robust, because stable power supply is extremely essential if our programmes are to succeed.

In this connection, this administration will continue to give priority attention to the completion of on-going power generation, transmission and distribution projects. We will continue to fund the operation and maintenance of generator and solar powered streetlights that have contributed immensely to the overall security situation in the State in addition to enhancing social/commercial activities in our major cities and towns. This administration is determined to collaborate with other States in the region to acquire the unbundled/privatized PHCN assets, as soon as the details are worked out.

Although stable power supply remains a national challenge, we have undertaken the tough decision to setup our own independent power plan. We have to do this considering that the State gets no more than 108 megawatts of electricity from PHCN leaving out a suppressed load demand of about 1000 megawatts. Delta IPP which, was embarked upon in 2009 has attained a reasonable landmark. Most of the equipment for the project has been procured and awaiting delivery. The sum of N4bn (four billion naira) is provided in the 2011 proposed budget estimates for the IPP project.

ENVIRONMENT
Since assuming office this administration has taken a leading role in promoting measures to combat climate change and environmental degradation. Our collaboration with several global organizations, institutions and sub-national governments have secured us recognition and strategic partnership as a climate friendly State committed to promoting environmentally sustainable development.

One of the main successes of our climate change campaign was the commitment we extracted from one of the International oil companies, Chevron, following the pressure we mounted and with the active support of the government of California in the US, to commit to ending gas flare by the end of 2011. In 2012, we will continue with our climate change initiatives because of the enormous opportunities available, opportunities to end pollution, to regenerate our environment, to create green jobs and to attract green investments.

The problem of flooding, shore and coastal erosions are on the increase, which makes it imperative that we must not be bystanders on the issue of climate change. Unchecked, these problems destroy lives and impoverish our people; therefore this administration will not relent in seeking support to combat this menace, wherever possible. We are also aware that a well-planned and executed road with serviceable drainage systems will reduce vegetation encroachment, which has become a threat on our roads. A comprehensive drainage master plan shall be executed for all our cities. Major axial drains and discharge points shall be built as a matter of priority, while link drains shall be systematically and progressively constructed and linked to the axial drains.

On waste management, we will continue to refine our strategy to keep our towns clean. We will continue with the collection and disposal of solid waste in major towns in the State, in an environmentally sustainable manner. In the coming year, we will strive to make environmental management compatible with economic growth. To this end, government has proposed the sum of N1billion (one billion naira) each for the Asaba and Warri drainage projects, N500m (five hundred million naira) and N250m (two hundred and fifty million naira) respectively for Ughelli and Uzere drainage projects.

YOUTHS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Speaker, distinguished Honourable members, Delta State has achieved so much in Sports Development, hence this administration’s continuous drive to sustain and even exceed the high level of sporting performance exhibited by our Sports men and women, both at national and International events. We are using sports as a tool for promoting and sustaining peace and security in the State. We have been champions at four out of the last five editions of the National Sports Festival. By the special grace of God we shall defend and sustain these victories.

In the area of youth development, government will continue to collaborate with development agencies to positively engage the youths and provide them with basic skills that would put them in good position for self employment and legitimate means of livelihood. The continuous establishment of skills acquisition centres across the State are avenues for our young people to learn trades that will enable them become economically self-reliant. The State government is working assiduously to ensure that the construction work at the Multipurpose Youth Centre, Egbokodo, is completed quickly. We are appropriately positioning this centre to reintegrate former militants to develop economically useful skills. The sum of N1billion (one billion naira) is set aside for the completion of the youth centre in the 2012 fiscal year.

The rights and protection of the vulnerable and less privilege in our midst remains a source of concern to government. For this reason we have taken far-reaching steps towards passing the Child’s Rights Law to fast-track the protection of our children’s rights. To further strengthen this, Mr. Speaker, I have approved the inauguration of the State’s Child’s Rights Implementation/Protection Committee for the enforcement of provisions of the law.

SPECIAL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
To fast track infrastructural development in the state, Mr. Speaker, this administration created a Directorate for Special Infrastructure. Some of the special projects are being financed with the Delta State Development Bond. With this strategy, we hope to have accelerated infrastructure development and ensure a better life for our people. The Special Projects include:

(i) Trans-Warri/Ode-Itsekiri Bridge and Access Roads Project – N5.00 bn

(ii) Ughelli-Asaba Road Dualisation Project – N5.00bn

(iii) Ogheye Floating Market Project – N1bn
(iv) Sapele/Abigborodo/Arowon Road – N3,2bn
(v) New Government House Complex, Asaba – N2,00bn
(vi) Osubi Airport Development – N5.00bn
(vii) Sapele Modern Market – N1.00bn
(viii) The four (4) new Polytechnics Project (Sapele, Bomadi, Aboh and Abigborodo) – N4.00bn

(ix) Primary and Secondary Schools – N7.53bn
(x) Remodeling and rehabilitation of Baptist Hospital, Eku – N1.7bn

(xi) Maternal and Child Care Centre, Warri and Ekpan – N1.31bn

(xii) Mass Transportation – N5.41bn

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
In the last four years, the State government has been working in collaboration with the Federal Government to advance the attainment of the goals of MDG. Government has consistently set aside funds as counterpart contribution to the partnership which has so far yielded positive results. For the 2012 fiscal year, the sum of N1.5billion (one billion, five hundred million naira) is set aside as the State’s counterpart fund for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

DELTA STATE OIL PRODUCING AREAS DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (DESOPADEC)

Mr. Speaker, you will recall that this administration took far reaching steps towards the reorganization/re-structuring of DESOPADEC in the areas of fiscal management, and policy implementation. This was to make it an efficient and effective intervention agency. With this effort, the Commission is well positioned, to discharge its assigned roles creditably.

In accordance with the law setting up the Commission, therefore, we have set aside for the 2012 fiscal year the sum of N35billion (thirty-five billion naira) representing 50% of projected derivation revenue receipts from oil accruable to Delta State for the development of oil producing communities. About90% of the allocation to the Commission will be channeled towards infrastructural development in the oil producing communities focusing on completion of ongoing projects, youth and women development, rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools, rural health care, rural roads, housing, and electrification.

BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION
Mr. Speaker, Sir, to ensure efficient and successful implementation of this budget proposal, we intend to apply stricter control over expenditure, we will be firm on fiscal discipline at all levels of governance. We will monitor closely the activities of departments of government to ensure the realization of the goals of this budget. We will continue to strengthen relevant institutions in charge of government businesses to improve on the skills and competencies of their officers’ as they discharge their responsibilities. The Ministry of Economic Planning will be empowered to provide advice to agencies, where necessary, in regard to actions proposed to achieve the Budget objectives.

Budget implementation would be reviewed and tracked periodically, and at a minimum, quarterly, to ensure that programs are implemented effectively and to identify any financial or policy slips. In this regard, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies will be required to report on their physical and financial progress in implementing the Budget on quarterly basis. The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) in the Ministry of Economic Planning will be strengthened in the area of price intelligence, expenditure control and tracking to ensure that government gets value for money spent in any transaction, while at the same time adhering strictly to due process.

The role of the project monitoring teams, aside, the responsibility for successful execution of any project rests with the implementing agency. Ministries, Agencies and Departments are therefore required to pay greater attention to the strict supervision of projects under them.

CONCLUSION
Mr. Speaker, members of this Honourable House, I cannot end this presentation without reminding us yet again that no matter what tempting figures we set out in the budget proposals for year 2012, our projections will be fruitless if we do not make conscious efforts to ensure peace, security and harmony in the State. In fact, the importance of the relationship between democratic stability and economic development is worth stressing and I count on your continuous support of government policies and programmes.

Please permit me therefore, Mr. Speaker, to once again convey the most sincere gratitude of the Executive Arm of government to you all in the area of ensuring the even development of our State. Your supportive role, understanding and frankness have helped to guarantee the very smooth take-off of the second tenure of this administration. I salute you all.

Our goal, Mr. Speaker is to lighten the burden of our people. But much as we are prepared, we are also aware of our limitations as a government. We cannot do it alone and we do not have all the answers. We, therefore, seek the support, cooperation and collaboration of all citizens in the state. We have encountered difficult challenges these past few years. We are grateful to God Almighty for giving us the strength and wisdom to face the challenges. I wish to thank all our people for the support they have continued to give to this administration. Trusting in their continued support, encouragement and guidance, I am confident that we can face the future with courage as we all join hands to move Delta State to greater heights.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to acknowledge, with deep gratitude, the prayers and goodwill of all Deltans towards this administration and my humble self. Mr. Speaker, allow me to also thank members of my team who are contributing immensely to the success of government. Above all, I thank God Almighty for his mercies and grace upon us all.

Compliments of the season to all of you. Thank you and God bless Delta State.

Office of the Governor,
Government House
Asaba.

December, 2011.
Gov Emmanuel Uduaghan

Delta State 2012 Budget Speech

April 8, 2015

Delta State 2012 Budget Speech
Rt. Hon. Speaker,
Honourable Members,

Mr. Speaker, I stand before you and distinguished members of the Delta State House of Assembly to present my fourth budget, since becoming the Governor. It is a budget we have christened, “Budget for sustainable development”.

Mr. Speaker, we have very good reasons to envision that this budget is capable of continuing to deepen the successful initiatives to reduce poverty and promote the general welfare of our people. Right from the beginning, the burning passion of this administration has been to initiate changes not seen since the creation of the State and indeed in any other part of the country. It began with the articulation of our vision to diversify the economy of the State otherwise known, as building Delta Without Oil. This is anchored on our three point agenda of Peace and Security, Human Capital and Infrastructure Development.

Mr. Speaker, it has been a tall order and a herculean undertaking. But I am proud we did not falter. I am proud we kept the faith. Nearly five years into this tough and difficult journey, I see the unfolding of our dreams before our very eyes. It started as a dream but now a Delta State that will in future depend on the creativity and resourcefulness of her people is emerging. We now have a Delta that is attractive enough for huge investments from across the world. Today, we have a growing entrepreneurial class at different levels from micro to macro. In a few short years, some of these entrepreneurs will point to this time as their finest moment. A Delta that only the lazy and visionless persons are still waiting for manna to fall from heaven. All these point to one thing: not long from now, we shall see a Delta whose development will not be tied to Federal Allocation for survival and progress.

When you look around you Mr. Speaker, the landscape of Delta State is changing. More strategic infrastructures are being built now than any time in our history. More people are enjoying liberal State support and benefits. Our cities are showing signs of rapid growth, life and vibrancy. We are very active in the nation and international scene promoting the opportunities and possibilities within Delta State. Our opinion and contribution is sought as a vibrant sub-national State with a visionary and responsible government amongst other sub-national governments.

Mr. Speaker sir, Honourable members, I cannot fully catalogue the tangible and intangible progress that Delta State has made since we came on board. It is important to note that the Executive branch cannot take the credit alone. We did not do it alone. It is due to our collective efforts. I must therefore, commend the House for being a worthy partner in advancing the visions of this administration and Delta State as a whole.

Among the important preconditions for economic growth in any society is appropriate institutional environment. These include in the main, the presence of political stability and social order. We will continue to strengthen our peace and security agenda using the tools of advocacy, promotion of criminal justice and conflict resolution mechanism to ensure that the agenda of government is achieved.

Mr. Speaker sir, Honourable members, to make the great economic leap we desire and to cover the gap in funding, we must think outside the box, we must move away from our usual pattern of making budgets and expecting adequate funding from the centre. Funding from the monthly Allocation cannot meet our needs. Funding from the monthly Allocation cannot support our strong determination to reduce poverty. We simply have to re-strategise and improve our internally generated revenue without putting unbearable burden on our people. We must block areas of leakages in the system, we must minimize excessive expenditures. We must remain committed to the strategy of diversifying the economy of the State. We must continue our huge investment in agriculture to create wealth and employment. We must continue to improve the atmosphere of peace and security to attract commerce.

Taxation as you know, Mr. Speaker, is a credible source of revenue to finance infrastructure. We have taken positive steps in this direction, with the Delta State Internal Revenue Consolidation Law. Remarkably the implementation of the law has started to yield concrete results with significant increase in the Internally Generated Revenue. I will highlight details during the review of the 2011 budget performance in the course of this presentation. Wealth creation is a single most important challenge of this administration. We must create more wealth and generate more employment for our increasing youth population through the diversification of the State’s economy. In this regard, we have put in place the necessary institutional framework for the socio-economic and infrastructural development of the State for attracting private sector participation in key areas.

A key anchor of our diversification strategy is the deliberate stimulation of industrialization of the State. To this end, this administration has established three special economic zones viz, the Warri Industrial Business Park, the Koko Free Trade Zone and the ICT Park in Asaba. The idea is to attract Foreign Investors to the State. Currently, oil revenue contributes 90% of the GDP in Delta State. It is our desire that by the time the special economic zones take full effect, the graph will change and private sector activities will contribute more to the wealth of the state than oil. It is for this reason; I want to use this opportunity to once again call on Foreign and Local Investors to take advantage of the Special Economic Zones being put in place by this administration to invest in Delta State.

I have also taken further steps to harness the rich and human resources of Delta state by composing a first class state Economic Advisory Team drawn from the private sector working with top government officials, with Mr. Bismarck Rewane, as chairman, Mr. Albert Okumagba, Mr. Nduka Obiagbena, Ms Evenly Oputu, Dr (Mrs) Ndidi Nnoli Edozien, the MD of Chevron and a host of others as members. We are counting on them to use their contacts, knowledge and expertise to enrich government’s engagement strategy with the private sector.

So far, through our strategic partnership with NNPC representing the federal government, we have been able to attract major investors to the Koko Free Trade Zone. The investors’ investment covers petrochemical, fertilizer and fertilizer blending plants, Liquefied Petroleum Gas bottling and distribution plants and a Central Processing Facilities (CPF). These projects herald the takeoff of Mr. President’s Gas Revolution Agenda. We sincerely thank him for supporting the location of these investments in Delta state.

There are also strong expressions of interest by local and foreign investors in the Warri Industrial Business Park (WIBP). Even with these expressions of interests we are not resting on our oars to attract more investors to the State. In the special economic zones as positioned, we have a strong catalyst for infrastructural development in energy, opportunities in Petro-chemicals, fertilizer production, many ancillary industries, agro-processing and agriculture. There will be a consequent supply chain with a spiral effect in employment generation and growth in small and medium scale enterprises.

Permit me, Mr. Speaker, Honourable members, to briefly review the Year 2011 Budget and afterwards present to you an outline of the Year 2012 budget proposals for the State.

COMPONENTS OF THE 2011 BUDGET
In the 2011 fiscal year, a budget of N361.90bn (three hundred and sixty-one billion, nine hundred million naira) was approved for the services of the State Government. The amount is made up of a recurrent expenditure budget of N134.67bn (one hundred and thirty-four billion, sixty hundred and seventy million naira) and a capital budget of N227,22bn (two hundred and twenty-seven billion, two hundred and twenty million naira). The profile of the 2011 budget was as follows:
S/N Revenue Profile Sources Approved 2011 Budget % Appropriation
i Internally Generated Revenue 34,601,446,623 9.56
ii Statutory Allocation Including Mineral Rev. Derivation 179,174,871,560 49.51
iii Value Added Tax 9,927,756,200 2.74
iv Other Capital Receipts 138,200,000,000 38.19
Total 361,904,074,303 100

(B) EXPENDITURE
S/N Expenditure Profile Approved 2011 Budget % Appropriation
I Recurrent Expenditure 134,674,349,420 37.21
Ii Capital Expenditure 227,229,724,963 62.79
Total 361,904,074,303 100

YEAR 2011 REVENUE BUDGET PERFORMANCE
(JANUARY 2011 TO SEPTEMBER 2011)
The State Government, during the nine months of January to September, 2011, recorded a total revenue performance of N169.89bn (one hundred and sixty-nine billion, eight hundred and ninety million naira), representing an overall performance of 62.59% over expected proportionate receipts ofN271.42bn. Out of this amount, the sum of N139.04bn (one hundred and thirty-nine billion, forty million naira) was received as Statutory Allocation from the Federation Account. The amount represents 103.47% performance of the proportionate estimate of N134.38bn (one hundred and thirty-four billion, three hundred and eighty million naira). On the other hand, the sum of N6.25bn (six billion, two hundred and fifty million naira) was recorded as receipts from Value Added Tax (VAT) out of the proportionate projected receipts of N7.44bn (seven hundred billion, four hundred and forty million naira),representing a budget performance of 84.59%, while the sum of N24.54bn (twenty-four billion, five hundred and forty million naira) was recorded as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) out of the projected revenue of N25.95bn (twenty-five billion, nine hundred and fifty million naira), representing a budget performance of 94.58%. As for Other Capital Revenues, nothing was received during the period under review. However, proceeds from the Development Bond were received in the last quarter of this year, 2011. The breakdown of the revenue receipts from individual revenue sources is provided hereunder:
S/N Sources Approved 2011 Budget Proportionate Budget Jan-Sept, 2011 Actual Revenue Jan – Sept, 2011 %
Per
I Internally Generated Revenue 34,601,446,623 25,951,084,968 24,545,129,537 94.58
Ii Statutory Allocation Including Mineral Rev.Derivation 179,174,871,560 134,381,153,670 139,047,644,025 103.47
iii Value Added Tax 9,927,756,200 7,445,817,150 6,298,516,378 84.59
Sub total 223,704,074,383 167,778,055,788 169,891,289,939 101.26
Iv Other Capital Receipts 138,200,000,000 103,650,000,000 – 0.00
Total 361,904,074,383 271,428,055,788 169,891,289,939 62.

The above revenue receipts represent a 12.85% increase on N150.54bn (one hundred and fifty billion, five hundred and forty million naira) recorded for the corresponding period of January to September, 2010. The area that was significantly affected is the Statutory Allocation from which N115.62bn (one hundred and fifteen billion, six hundred and twenty million naira), was received in 2010 as against N139.047bn (one hundred and thirty-nine billion, forty-seven million naira) received for the same period in 2011. It is important to note, however, that there is an improvement in the collection of IGR in the State. The N24.54bn (twenty-four billion, five hundred and forty million naira) collected this year is N8.37bn higher than the sum of N16.16bn (sixteen billion, one hundred and sixty million naira) collected for the same period in 2010, this represents 51.84% increase. This perhaps, can be attributed to the conscientious effort of government owing to the passage of the revenue bill, which gave an autonomous status and other incentives to the State Board of Internal Revenue.

EXPENDITURE (JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER, 2011)
As for expenditure, a total sum of N146.025bn (one hundred and forty-six billion, twenty-five million naira) was spent during the period January – September, 2011. Out of this amount, the sum of N87.96bn (eighty-seven billion, nine hundred and sixty million naira) was spent on recurrent items as against a proportionate approved budget of N101.00bn (one hundred and one billion naira) representing a budget performance of 87.07%. A total of N77.97bn(seventy-seven billion, nine hundred and seventy million naira) or 111.49% accounted for Personnel and Overhead costs as against the proportionate budget ofN69.934bn (sixty-nine billion, nine hundred and thirty-four million naira). The sum of N9.97bn (nine billion, nine hundred and seventy million naira) was spent on Pension and Gratuities, Statutory Salaries, 10% Statutory Allocation to Local Government Councils, 2.5% Allocation to Local Government Pension Fund as against the proportionate approved budget of N31,07bn (thirty-one billion naira) for the period. This represents a performance of 32.10%.The breakdown is summarized below:
Recurrent Expenditure Approved 2011 Budget Proportionate Budget Jan-Sept, 2011 Actual Revenue Jan – Sept, 2011 % Per
i Personnel Costs 45,533,777,699 34,150,333,274 48,363,618,535 141.62
ii Overhead Costs 47,712,864,840 35,784,648,630 29,609,141,738 82.74
iii Con. Rev. Charge 41,427,706,881 31,070,780,161 9,973,985,157 32.10
Total 134,674,349,420 101,005,762,065 87,946,745,430 87.07

The sum of N48.36bn (forty-eight billion, three hundred and sixty million naira) was spent on personnel cost against a proportionate budget ofN34.15bn (thirty-four billion, one hundred and fifty million naira), representing a performance of 141.62%. This is an increase of N17.98bn (seventeen billion, nine hundred and eighty million naira) or 59.20% over the sum of N30.37bn (thirty billion, three hundred and seventy million naira) spent on personnel cost for the corresponding period in 2010. The increase in personnel cost is consequent on the upward review of wage bill of Delta State workforce. The deficit however, has been provided for in the 2011 budget re-alignment.

The sum of N227.22bn (two hundred and twenty-seven billion, two hundred and twenty million naira) was budgeted for Capital Expenditure. During the year, actual expenditure for the period, January-September, 2011 was N58.07bn (fifty-eight billion naira) as a against the proportionate budget figure ofN170.42bn (one hundred and seventy billion, four hundred and twenty million naira), representing a budget performance of 34.08%. It is important to note that out of the actual capital spending of N58.07bn (fifty-eight billion naira), DESOPADEC accounted for N21.85bn (twenty-one billion, eight hundred and fifty million naira). This represents 37.63% of the total actual capital spending. A breakdown of the Sectoral performance for the period is as follows:
Capital Expenditure Approved 2011 Budget Proportionate Budget Jan-Sept, 2011 Actual Revenue Jan – Sept, 2011 % Per
I Economic 68,642,401,721 51,481,801,291 15,529,900,939 30.17
Ii Social 39,853,916,768 29,890,437,576 3,996,309,079 13.37
Iii Environmental 61,082,444,392 45,811,833,294 9,482,005,362 20.70
Iv General Administration 22,150,962,082 16,613,221,562 7,212,837,218 43.42
V DESOPADEC 35,000,000,000 26,250,000,000 21,857,484,429 83.27
Vi Contingency Fund 500,000,000 375,000,000 – 0.00
Total 227,229,724,963 170,422,293,722 58,078,537,026 34.08

YEAR 2012 BUDGET
Mr. Speaker, distinguished members of the Delta State House of Assembly, I have just presented to you a concise review of the implementation of the 2011 budget. I shall therefore proceed immediately to present to you, the budget for the 2012 fiscal year.

Mr. Speaker, we have articulated a budget proposal of N383.39bn (three hundred and eighty-three billion, three hundred and ninety million naira) for the 2012 fiscal year. The amount is made up of N169.82bn (one hundred and sixty-nine billion, eight hundred million naira) or 44.30% for Recurrent Expenditure and N213.57bn (two hundred and thirteen billion, five hundred and sixty-seven million naira) or 52.31% for Capital Expenditure.

The year 2012 budget proposal shows an aggregate increase of N21.08bn (twenty-one billion naira) or 5.94% when compared to the year 2011 approved budget of N361.90bn (three hundred and sixty-one billion, nine hundred million naira)

The 2012 budget is predicated on result oriented strategies. Government is moving away from the usual budget practices of mere allocation of figures to a practical, structured, and robust approach that can sustain development. This Budget, therefore, is crafted to address the problems that have confronted us over the years.

Mr. Speaker, Members of this Honourable House, the key objectives of Year 2012 Budget would be geared towards poverty reduction and empowerment of our people: we want to increase access to quality healthcare, social service and infrastructure targeted towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); we want to enhance the value of the public-private partnership in all aspects of economic and social development of the State; we want to foster the generation of more employment opportunities for our teeming youths; we want strong and diversification of the economic base of the State.

SOURCES OF FUND
The main sources of funds for the 2012 budget are:
Sources Proposed Budget 2012 Percentage %
I Internally Generated Revenue 51,447,050,581 13.42
Ii Statutory Allocation Including Mineral Rev. Derivation 170,000,000,000 44.34
Iii Value Added Tax 9,991,239,535 2.61
Iv Other Capital Receipts 151,951,842,222 39.63
Total 383,390,132,338 100.00

INTERNALLY GENERATED REVENUE
With the passage of the Delta State Internal Revenue Consolidation Bill 2009, the Board of Internal Revenue, will continue to enjoy government support and will be strengthened to improve its tax administration machinery. Some strategic measures we took to support the BIR in revenue mobilization include granting it autonomy; reorganization of its management and administrative structure; automation of the board’s collection mechanism; maintaining a good Database Management System (DBMS) and Tax Administration; collaborating and interfacing with other MDAs connected with IGR operations in the State. It is as a result of these actions, that we are expecting the sum of N51.44bn (fifty-one billion, forty-four million naira) from Internally Generated Revenue in 2012 as against the sum of N34.60bn (thirty-four billion, sixty million naira) under the 2011 budget. The IGR estimates for 2012 is higher than the 2011 approved estimates by N16.84bn (sixteen billion, eight-four million naira) or 48.68%. This optimism is derived from the measures we have put in place. I therefore sincerely appeal to all Deltans, corporate bodies and other residents in the State to faithfully meet their civic obligations to the State without coercion.

MONTHLY ALLOCATION
Monthly Allocation from the Federation Account is the principal source of revenue of government. We have proposed the sum of N170bn (one hundred and seventy billion naira) in the 2012 draft budget as Statutory Allocation, against the 2011 figure of N179.10bn (one hundred and seventy-nine billion, one hundred million naira). The 2012 proposed estimates is N9bn (nine billion naira) or 5.12 % lower than that of 2011.

OTHER CAPITAL RECEIPTS/MISCELLANEOUS
The sum of N151.95bn (one hundred and fifty-one billion, nine hundred and fifty million naira) is proposed as Capital Receipts/Miscellaneous for 2012. This is an increase of N13.75bn (thirteen billion, seven hundred and fifty million naira) or 9.95% from N138.20bn (one hundred and thirty eight billion, two hundred million naira) approved for the 2011 budget. The second tranche of the N100bn (one hundred billion naira) Development Bond amounting to N50bn (fifty billion naira) is being expected in 2012. Most of the projects funded with bond proceeds are expected to generate revenue directly and indirectly, and hence will increase IGR and support the servicing and repayment of the debt. We are hopeful that they will also attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) which will also in turn increase our revenue base. We will explore more credible ways of managing the deficits. A realistic approach is the re-alignment of the budget within the year. This involves sourcing of funds within the fiscal year from less performing budget heads to areas which require additional funds. This way, we will avoid the usual borrowing from commercial banks. We are also counting on improved revenue receipts from our internally generated revenue sources and hopefully from the statutory allocations from the federation accounts.

RECURRENT EXPENDITURES
The total recurrent expenditure estimates for 2012 is N169.82bn (one hundred and sixty-nine billion, eight hundred million naira) made up of personnel costs of N80.56bn (eighty billion, five hundred and sixty-four million naira) or 47.44% and overhead costs of N48.68bn (forty-eight billion, six hundred and eighty million naira) or 28.67%. The personnel costs proposal for 2012 is higher than the 2011 approved personnel costs of N45.53bn (forty-five billion, five hundred and thirty-three million naira) by N33.03bn (thirty-three billion, thirty million naira) or 76.93%, while the overhead costs of N48.68bnproposal for 2012 is higher than the 2011 overhead costs of N47.71bn by N 976.23m or 2.05%. On the other hand, the Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges ofN40.56bn (forty billion, five hundred and sixty-nine million naira) proposal for 2012 is lower than the 2011 approved amount of N41.42bn (forty-one billion, four hundred and twenty-seven million naira) by N857.73m or 2.07%. The recurrent expenditure estimates is summarized hereunder:
Items Proposed Budget 2012 Percentage %
I Personnel Costs 80,564,125,769 47.44
Ii Overhead Costs 48,689,103,852 28.67
Iii Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges 40,569,967,479 23.89
Total 169,823,197,100 100

Mr. Speaker, Members of this Honourable House, the increase in personnel costs is predicated on payment of the minimum wage promised to workers by this administration. The 2012 proposal has a 25% mark up of existing personnel costs actual projections for this year, to accommodate promotions, conferment of incremental credits and other staff emoluments. This increase as you will observe, has impacted hugely on the overall budget size.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ESTIMATES

The proposed capital expenditure estimates for 2012 is N213.56bn (two hundred and thirteen billion, five hundred and sixty-sixty million). The dominance of capital estimates over recurrent in the past years demonstrates this administration’s commitment towards substantial infrastructural development throughout the State. The proposal is N13.66bn (thirteen billion, six hundred and sixty-two million) or 6.01% lower than the 2011 capital budget of N227.22bn (two hundred and twenty-seven billion, two hundred and twenty-nine million). The decrease is due mainly to the desire of this administration to avoid over ambitious capital budget which cannot be actualized. The sectoral breakdown of the capital expenditure estimates is as stated hereunder:

Sector Proposed Budget 2012 Percentage %
I Economic 72,944,525,971 34.16
Ii Social 45,310,654,218 21.22
Iii Environmental 37,807,522,376 17.70
Iv General Administration 22,004,232,673 10.30
V Delta State Oil Producing Areas Dev. Commission 35,000,000,000 16.39
Vi Contingency 500,000,000 0.23
Total 213,566,935,238 100

SECTORAL HIGHLIGHTS
Mr. Speaker, Sir, Honourable members of this House, let me now highlight some salient areas of the capital proposals.

AGRICULTURE
Currently employing over 60% of the working population, agriculture, in its totality, remains the core of our economy. It provides a source of livelihood in one form or the other for a vast majority of our people. The focus of government therefore is to ensure food security, availability of raw materials for industries and full employment opportunities in the state.

To achieve this, we have undertaken various programmes/projects in food and tree crops development, agricultural mechanization, agricultural credit, farm settlement scheme, communal farming, farm inputs distribution, livestock and fishery development, produce inspection, veterinary services, and the Youth Empowerment through Agricultural (YETA) programmes. We are also involved in some Federal and development partner-supported agricultural projects such as Root & Tuber Expansion Programme (RTEP), National Programme on Food Security (NPFS), Third National Programme on Fadama (FADAMA III), and Community Based Natural Resources Management Programme (CBNRMP)
Mr. Speaker, this administration will also build on its partnership with the private sector in the production and processing of cassava, including the cultivation of rice. In the overall pursuit of increased production in the agricultural sector, extension services and agents will be strengthened to be more productive. A key strategy for the 2012 fiscal year is the Cassava Development Initiative Programme driven by the Federal Government. To demonstrate our readiness to be part of this initiative, we have allocated the sum of N2bn (two billion naira) for the programme.

INDUSTRY
Mr. Speaker, Honourable members, one of the viable instruments we are using to reduce poverty and create a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship is the Delta State Micro Credit Programme. Through this Scheme, government is creating opportunities for our people who might otherwise be unable to access such facility. The micro credit programme has three attributes viz, empowering of the grassroots population, creating new wealth at that level and reducing unemployment in the productive age bracket. From inception in December, 2007 to May 2011, a total of 85,776 persons comprising 54,531 women and 31,245 men were empowered in various micro enterprises, this includes 411 persons under Delta Oceanic Micro Credit Scheme Account (DOMSA). This programme will continue to receive maximum attention in 2012. The sum of N1.5bn (one billion, five hundred million naira) is allocated to the Micro Credit Scheme in the 2012 fiscal year.

Mr. Speaker, in the realization that the totality of the revenue receipts of government from all sources is insufficient to provide the critical infrastructure necessary to drive businesses, various strategies are being pursued by government to attract public/private partnership (PPP) for infrastructure development of the State. One of such strategy is the Warri Industrial Business Park (WIBP). Warri is on its way to being industrialized with the development of this initiative. The Park is conceived as one of the key strategies of government to diversify the state’s economic base, attract new businesses and stimulate existing ones in the oil city. The park is envisioned to reshape the economic potentials of Warri and the state at large, as it will focus on the real sector of the economy—manufacturing. It will be environmental friendly and will provide a range of services for all types of enterprises on completion.

Clearly a successful industrial park with world class facilities will reverse capital outflow from the State and attract both foreign and local investments, we are therefore proposing the sum of N3.0bn (three billion naira) for the park in the year 2012 budget proposal.

TRANSPORTATION
In line with our policy of diversifying the economy and providing a solid infrastructure and industrial base for the State, we have in the last five years embarked on an integrated transportation network comprising air, sea and road transport linkages to facilitate rapid socio-economic transformation and development.

The Asaba International Airport has come on stream with limited commercial flight following the deployment of professional officers from NAMA, FAAN and NIMET. The Airport, which has a runway of 3,400m long and 60m wide was conceived, with the understanding that stable and reliable means of transportation forms an essential component of the economic development of any country or state. Asaba forms a connector between western, eastern and northern Nigeria hence this administration thought it expedient to provide a Nigerian category “A” Airport in the State capital to cater for our air transportation needs. It will boost the socio-economic fortunes of the State as it will take advantage of the vast business opportunities within the State and across the Niger as businessmen would be able to travel and handle multiple business matters more effectively. Currently only two airlines are operating scheduled flights daily on the Lagos and Abuja routes. Several other airlines have indicated interest in operating at the Airport. On completion, it will have a maximum take-off weight of 630 metric tonnes vessels such as Boeing 747. Government has acquired additional land to develop the Cargo Section which will comprise of a parallel taxiway to the runway, warehouse, customs, immigration and security terminal, a Tarmac to hold Boeing 747s, and heavy duty equipment. The sum of N4.0bn (four billion naira) has been provided for its completion in the draft year 2012 Budget.

Further on air transportation, the provision of a second Runway and expansion of the existing one at Osubi Airport to enable it accommodate wide body aircrafts is another infrastructural transformation project being embarked upon by this administration to tap into the business opportunities in that axis. The project will take off fully in 2012. The sum of N8.0bn (eight billion naira) is proposed for the Osubi Airport expansion.

On roads, government will continue with its commitments to provide an effective, sustainable road network that will enhance transportation and communication State wide. The goal is to integrate the remote rural and riverine communities to urban centres and provide integrated road projects throughout the state. Also government has embarked on the construction of roads to various agricultural centres in Umeh, Mbiri and Illah to facilitate the evacuation of agricultural products to areas where they are needed.

The State Government Mr. Speaker, has also embarked on the rehabilitation, reconstruction and upgrading of major roads in some towns in the State. Already, contracts for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and upgrading of 15 roads in Asaba, the state capital have been awarded while those of Warri, Ughelli, Sapele and Agbor will soon come on stream. The goal is to provide all season roads in the State.

In the 2012 fiscal year, government intends to increase the tempo of work on the various road dualization projects. To this end, Mr. Speaker, the sum ofN5.0bn (five billion naira) has been set aside for the Ughelli-Asaba Dual carriageway, N2.0bn (two billion naira) for the Ugbenu –Koko road, N3.94bn (three billion nine hundred and forty million naira) for the Effurun- Osubi-Eku Road, N5.0bn (five billion naira) for the TransWarri-Ode-Itsekiri Roads and bridge among other crucial road projects. The Direct Labour Agency is being repositioned as an intervention agency to carry out sustained maintenance of roads throughout the state.

Riverine transportation will be given a further boost in the coming year as the State government will soon take delivery of 130 boats for Riverine Mass transit scheme. This is to provide more comfortable, safe and improved movement of goods and persons within the riverine communities in the State. Also, government has built landing Jetties in some riverine communities to ensure safety and facilitate the evacuation of people and goods from the communities.

The government in 2012 will ensure further improvement of land transportation and safety. We will in this regard increase the installation of traffic signs on the highways and township roads across the State. We will ensure the construction and maintenance of traffic route reflection billboards, solar powered traffic light/signals and road markings. These safety measures will reduce the incidence of road traffic accidents. Government will continue to improve on the successes so far recorded in the Delta mass transportation scheme in which 500 air-conditioned buses and taxi-cabs were acquired and distributed to ease movement of people and goods in the State. A total sum of N9.4bn (five billion, four hundred million naira) has been provided for our mass transportation in 2012.

FINANCE AND INVESTMENT
Government will direct its investments efforts towards the generation of more employment while encouraging direct private investments. The State government will do everything to ensure the success of the Koko Export Processing Zone. The Free Trade Zone will boost entrepreneurship, because normal trade barriers such as tariff and quotas are eliminated and bureaucratic requirement are reduced. It is expected that tax break and other additional incentives will be part on the offering to stimulate real economic growth, which in turn, will create job opportunities, especially for our youths. We are proposing the sum of N2.0bn (two billion naira) to facilitate the quick take-off of the FTZ project.

I am pleased to inform this distinguished House that Government is in partnership with a private investor, Delta Leisure Destination Park (DLDP) to develop a world class tourism resort in the state. The project is divided into two components. The first one, located at Oleri in Udu LGA is designed to have Five Star, Three Star Hotels and mini suites with big shopping mall that will house branded designers’ shops. There is also a waterfall, cable rides, restaurants of international cuisines, and world class recreational facilities. The other component of the project is the Wildlife Park in Ogwashi uku. Both projects when completed will have employment capacity of 6,000 people as well as increase our internal revenue generation. The sum of N1.2bn (one billion, two hundred million naira) is allocated to the DLDP as government investment into the project for the 2011 fiscal year.

EDUCATION
Education as we all know remains the bedrock of any development. To that extent qualitative education for Deltans will remain a major priority of this government. We will continue with systematic improvement of the educational infrastructure in the State. We will continue to ensure regular rehabilitation and renovation of existing schools. This administration has commenced the construction of model schools across the State. No child will be denied access to fair opportunity to proper education, therefore this administration will continue with its policy of equitable distribution of teachers to the urban and rural/riverine areas. Although we have returned some schools to their original owners – the Missionaries, we will not shirk from our responsibility of close inspection, monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning in all schools in the State. To continue to improve the capacities of our teachers and also provide adequate classrooms and learning facilities, a total sum of N13bn (thirteen billion naira) is specially provided for the upgrade of Primary and Secondary schools in the state.

On higher education, we are aware of the educational needs of our people, this government will continue to ensure the provision of efficient service delivery and quality assurance in the educational system in the areas of teaching, learning and research. To address inadequate admission into our schools, government will ensure that within the next five years, the carrying capacity of State-owned tertiary institutions is increased to accommodate at least 25% of the youths of Delta State, seeking admission. This, we will achieve through physical and infrastructural development of State-owned campuses and institutions in order to sustain the projected increase in the carrying capacity of the institutions. It is also important to mention that the projects proposed for the 2012 fiscal year are strategic, being infrastructural requirements aimed at making the atmosphere in our tertiary education more clement. A total sum of N7.50bn (seven billion, five hundred million naira) is allocated to Higher Education for 2012 fiscal year.

HEALTH
Today, Mr. Speaker, we can proudly say that we have an outstanding record in our healthcare services, because of our belief that health is wealth. With this track record we will strive to do more for our people. We will continue to pursue health reforms to ensure effective healthcare delivery, especially at the primary level to promote a healthy and productive population. The main focus of our healthcare reforms going forward is to restructure the health delivery system by shifting emphasis from curative to preventive health care.
Our healthcare support to pregnant women and under five children have given them great hope, it has saved so many lives and eased burden on the vulnerable in our society. More women now give birth in the same hospitals where they were registered due to increasing awareness of the programme. It is a legacy to our people which they cherish so much. In this regard, Government will intensify effort to equip existing hospitals and Primary Health Care centres to deliver more efficient services.

Mr. Speaker, Honourable members of the House, another area of intervention by this administration is the financial medical assistance provided to indigent Deltans who are plagued with diseases and conditions In the last four years, government gave such financial assistance to a large number of Deltans many of them were sponsored to seek medical attention outside Nigeria. We are determined to continue with these programmes, that’s why a total sum ofN1.10bn (one billion, one hundred million naira) is set aside for that.

The Delta State Teaching Hospital at Oghara is fully operational. The first batch of medical students trained at the Hospital has graduated. The Teaching Hospital was planned to become a model learning institution for all cadres of the health professionals and as a referral centre per excellence within the country. It is, I am happy to say, a wonderful edifice we should all be proud of. At present, the institution has in its management professionals from within and outside the country. A total sum of N3.00bn (three billion naira) is allocated to the Health sub-sector in the 2011 budget.

ENERGY
Mr. Speaker, in keeping with our set objectives of realizing our goal of diversifying the State economy and the three-point agenda that targets the socio-economic and industrial transformation of the State, our emphasis in the energy sector will remain robust, because stable power supply is extremely essential if our programmes are to succeed.

In this connection, this administration will continue to give priority attention to the completion of on-going power generation, transmission and distribution projects. We will continue to fund the operation and maintenance of generator and solar powered streetlights that have contributed immensely to the overall security situation in the State in addition to enhancing social/commercial activities in our major cities and towns. This administration is determined to collaborate with other States in the region to acquire the unbundled/privatized PHCN assets, as soon as the details are worked out.

Although stable power supply remains a national challenge, we have undertaken the tough decision to setup our own independent power plan. We have to do this considering that the State gets no more than 108 megawatts of electricity from PHCN leaving out a suppressed load demand of about 1000 megawatts. Delta IPP which, was embarked upon in 2009 has attained a reasonable landmark. Most of the equipment for the project has been procured and awaiting delivery. The sum of N4bn (four billion naira) is provided in the 2011 proposed budget estimates for the IPP project.

ENVIRONMENT
Since assuming office this administration has taken a leading role in promoting measures to combat climate change and environmental degradation. Our collaboration with several global organizations, institutions and sub-national governments have secured us recognition and strategic partnership as a climate friendly State committed to promoting environmentally sustainable development.

One of the main successes of our climate change campaign was the commitment we extracted from one of the International oil companies, Chevron, following the pressure we mounted and with the active support of the government of California in the US, to commit to ending gas flare by the end of 2011. In 2012, we will continue with our climate change initiatives because of the enormous opportunities available, opportunities to end pollution, to regenerate our environment, to create green jobs and to attract green investments.

The problem of flooding, shore and coastal erosions are on the increase, which makes it imperative that we must not be bystanders on the issue of climate change. Unchecked, these problems destroy lives and impoverish our people; therefore this administration will not relent in seeking support to combat this menace, wherever possible. We are also aware that a well-planned and executed road with serviceable drainage systems will reduce vegetation encroachment, which has become a threat on our roads. A comprehensive drainage master plan shall be executed for all our cities. Major axial drains and discharge points shall be built as a matter of priority, while link drains shall be systematically and progressively constructed and linked to the axial drains.

On waste management, we will continue to refine our strategy to keep our towns clean. We will continue with the collection and disposal of solid waste in major towns in the State, in an environmentally sustainable manner. In the coming year, we will strive to make environmental management compatible with economic growth. To this end, government has proposed the sum of N1billion (one billion naira) each for the Asaba and Warri drainage projects, N500m (five hundred million naira) and N250m (two hundred and fifty million naira) respectively for Ughelli and Uzere drainage projects.

YOUTHS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Speaker, distinguished Honourable members, Delta State has achieved so much in Sports Development, hence this administration’s continuous drive to sustain and even exceed the high level of sporting performance exhibited by our Sports men and women, both at national and International events. We are using sports as a tool for promoting and sustaining peace and security in the State. We have been champions at four out of the last five editions of the National Sports Festival. By the special grace of God we shall defend and sustain these victories.

In the area of youth development, government will continue to collaborate with development agencies to positively engage the youths and provide them with basic skills that would put them in good position for self employment and legitimate means of livelihood. The continuous establishment of skills acquisition centres across the State are avenues for our young people to learn trades that will enable them become economically self-reliant. The State government is working assiduously to ensure that the construction work at the Multipurpose Youth Centre, Egbokodo, is completed quickly. We are appropriately positioning this centre to reintegrate former militants to develop economically useful skills. The sum of N1billion (one billion naira) is set aside for the completion of the youth centre in the 2012 fiscal year.

The rights and protection of the vulnerable and less privilege in our midst remains a source of concern to government. For this reason we have taken far-reaching steps towards passing the Child’s Rights Law to fast-track the protection of our children’s rights. To further strengthen this, Mr. Speaker, I have approved the inauguration of the State’s Child’s Rights Implementation/Protection Committee for the enforcement of provisions of the law.

SPECIAL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
To fast track infrastructural development in the state, Mr. Speaker, this administration created a Directorate for Special Infrastructure. Some of the special projects are being financed with the Delta State Development Bond. With this strategy, we hope to have accelerated infrastructure development and ensure a better life for our people. The Special Projects include:

(i) Trans-Warri/Ode-Itsekiri Bridge and Access Roads Project – N5.00 bn
(ii) Ughelli-Asaba Road Dualisation Project – N5.00bn
(iii) Ogheye Floating Market Project – N1bn
(iv) Sapele/Abigborodo/Arowon Road – N3,2bn
(v) New Government House Complex, Asaba – N2,00bn
(vi) Osubi Airport Development – N5.00bn
(vii) Sapele Modern Market – N1.00bn
(viii) The four (4) new Polytechnics Project (Sapele, Bomadi, Aboh and Abigborodo) – N4.00bn
(ix) Primary and Secondary Schools – N7.53bn
(x) Remodeling and rehabilitation of Baptist Hospital, Eku – N1.7bn
(xi) Maternal and Child Care Centre, Warri and Ekpan – N1.31bn
(xii) Mass Transportation – N5.41bn

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
In the last four years, the State government has been working in collaboration with the Federal Government to advance the attainment of the goals of MDG. Government has consistently set aside funds as counterpart contribution to the partnership which has so far yielded positive results. For the 2012 fiscal year, the sum of N1.5billion (one billion, five hundred million naira) is set aside as the State’s counterpart fund for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

DELTA STATE OIL PRODUCING AREAS DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (DESOPADEC)
Mr. Speaker, you will recall that this administration took far reaching steps towards the reorganization/re-structuring of DESOPADEC in the areas of fiscal management, and policy implementation. This was to make it an efficient and effective intervention agency. With this effort, the Commission is well positioned, to discharge its assigned roles creditably.

In accordance with the law setting up the Commission, therefore, we have set aside for the 2012 fiscal year the sum of N35billion (thirty-five billion naira) representing 50% of projected derivation revenue receipts from oil accruable to Delta State for the development of oil producing communities. About90% of the allocation to the Commission will be channeled towards infrastructural development in the oil producing communities focusing on completion of ongoing projects, youth and women development, rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools, rural health care, rural roads, housing, and electrification.

BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION
Mr. Speaker, Sir, to ensure efficient and successful implementation of this budget proposal, we intend to apply stricter control over expenditure, we will be firm on fiscal discipline at all levels of governance. We will monitor closely the activities of departments of government to ensure the realization of the goals of this budget. We will continue to strengthen relevant institutions in charge of government businesses to improve on the skills and competencies of their officers’ as they discharge their responsibilities. The Ministry of Economic Planning will be empowered to provide advice to agencies, where necessary, in regard to actions proposed to achieve the Budget objectives.

Budget implementation would be reviewed and tracked periodically, and at a minimum, quarterly, to ensure that programs are implemented effectively and to identify any financial or policy slips. In this regard, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies will be required to report on their physical and financial progress in implementing the Budget on quarterly basis. The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) in the Ministry of Economic Planning will be strengthened in the area of price intelligence, expenditure control and tracking to ensure that government gets value for money spent in any transaction, while at the same time adhering strictly to due process.

The role of the project monitoring teams, aside, the responsibility for successful execution of any project rests with the implementing agency. Ministries, Agencies and Departments are therefore required to pay greater attention to the strict supervision of projects under them.

CONCLUSION
Mr. Speaker, members of this Honourable House, I cannot end this presentation without reminding us yet again that no matter what tempting figures we set out in the budget proposals for year 2012, our projections will be fruitless if we do not make conscious efforts to ensure peace, security and harmony in the State. In fact, the importance of the relationship between democratic stability and economic development is worth stressing and I count on your continuous support of government policies and programmes.

Please permit me therefore, Mr. Speaker, to once again convey the most sincere gratitude of the Executive Arm of government to you all in the area of ensuring the even development of our State. Your supportive role, understanding and frankness have helped to guarantee the very smooth take-off of the second tenure of this administration. I salute you all.

Our goal, Mr. Speaker is to lighten the burden of our people. But much as we are prepared, we are also aware of our limitations as a government. We cannot do it alone and we do not have all the answers. We, therefore, seek the support, cooperation and collaboration of all citizens in the state. We have encountered difficult challenges these past few years. We are grateful to God Almighty for giving us the strength and wisdom to face the challenges. I wish to thank all our people for the support they have continued to give to this administration. Trusting in their continued support, encouragement and guidance, I am confident that we can face the future with courage as we all join hands to move Delta State to greater heights.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to acknowledge, with deep gratitude, the prayers and goodwill of all Deltans towards this administration and my humble self. Mr. Speaker, allow me to also thank members of my team who are contributing immensely to the success of government. Above all, I thank God Almighty for his mercies and grace upon us all.

Compliments of the season to all of you. Thank you and God bless Delta State.

Office of the Governor,
Government House
Asaba.

December, 2011.
Gov Emmanuel Uduaghan