Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State on Tuesday signed the 2023 appropriation budget estimated at N260 billion into law, with a pledge to make the State safe for citizens.
Speaking during the brief Ceremony at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia in Awka, Soludo listed security, law and order, economic transformation and human capital development as areas of priority of his government.
He promised to hit the ground running and commended the State House of Assembly for the prompt passage of the Bill.
According to him, “Our environment is an existential threat. We shall desilt, control our drainages and erosions, waste management; none of them can wait until the others are done.
“The accelerator pedal has five pedals and we will keep pedalling simultaneously, that’s the way we can get it in order. The sequence doesn’t mean the other will be left behind.
“Our human capital is our major resource. Our overall agenda is to make Anambra a liveable and prosperous smart megacity and this budget contributes to the glorious Anambra we dream of.
“The parliament had earlier in June approved for the government to borrow 100 Billion naira to fund this budget but up to this moment, we haven’t borrowed a dime.
“We are hitting the ground running. Our focus is that Anambra maintain fiscal sustainability. Anambra will continue to win.
“We are swinging into action to get our roads motorable,” the Governor stressed.
“We faced unprecedented flooding causing roads to be washed off. These are major interventions the government has embarked upon and the massive construction that is ongoing.
“Anambra is spending close to two Billion naira on Federal roads because most of them are not motorable. Our people are facing untold hardships passing through these roads.
“These are some of the strategic interventions the State Government has embarked upon. They are not the typical palliatives but built to last”, he assured.
Christian Aburime, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Charles Soludo said in a statement on Tuesday that the State deputy Governor, Onyekachukwu Ibezim and the Speaker, Anambra House of Assembly, Mr Uche Okafor as well as the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Ms. Chiamaka Nnake were present at the signing of the budget tagged budget of transformation.
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