From Obinna Odogwu, Awka
Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has said that a thorough needs assessment actions would be carried out before the 2023 budget of the state is prepared and sent to the state’s legislature for scrutiny.
Soludo, who revealed that the process has been set in motion, said that the idea was to ensure that the budget reflects the people’s most pressing needs. He said that gone were the days when the people were not given the opportunity to make input into their budgets for the year.
The governor stated this during the inauguration of the 2023 Budget Bilateral Discussion committee held in Awka, the state capital.
Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mrs Chiamaka Nnake, who stood in for the governor, said that efforts were being made to ensure that next year’s budget was feasible and transparent.
The commissioner said that the 2023 budget, being the first one the new administration was preparing from scratch, would be different from the former ones in three ways.
She said that the era of allocating pre-budget envelopes for the ministries was over and that the various envelopes of the ministries would be determined by the needs assessment of the people. “The budget will include three priority projects from the communities and the ministries; it will be a budget of data collected from bottom to top. The projects and activities of the ministries in the budget will be aggregated and domiciled in their various professional ministries to ensure that Ndi Anambra get the benefit of the best technical expertise of the ministries.