Gov Ben Ayade, the governor of Cross River State, has presented a budget of Two Hundred and Seventy-seven billion, Seven-Hundred and Eight million naira (N277,708,000,000) for the 2021 fiscal year to the state house of assembly.
Presenting this proposed budget on Thursday, Gov Ben Ayade said the budget is different from the previous ones because it was designed to focus on the people rather than infrastructure.
He also said the budget was tagged ‘Blush and Bliss’ to emphasize the shame of the government in forsaking “the big dreams of Kinetic Crystallization from our Olympotic Meristermasis agenda and reducing ourselves to a consumptive effort just to reflect the mood of the times”.
Over the years, Ayade has tagged the state’s budget with unusual and stylish names. See below.
In 2016, the budget was named, “Budget of Deep Vision”, while that of 2017 and 2018 were named “Budget of Infinite Transposition” and “Budget of Kinetic Crystallization” respectively.
In 2019, it was “Budget of Quabalistic Densification” and 2020 was “Budget of Olimpotic Meristemasis”.
The governor said recurrent expenditure takes up 69% of the budget and capital expenditure, 31%.
Ayade said the recurrent expenditure budget would be used to cushion the economic impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic and the #EndSARS protests on the residents of the state.
However, Speaker of the State house of assembly, Eteng Jonas Williams, commended the governor for approving the employment of 20,000 workers into the state civil service and the indefinite suspension of tuition fees by indigenes of the state in Cross River State University of Technology.
He added that the assembly will ensure that the 2021 budget is passed to drive growth in the state.
Watch below, Full Video of the Governor presenting the “Blush and Bliss” Budget to the State House.
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