to unveil commissioners this month

Gov-AmbodeGovernor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is set to seek legislative approval for the re-ordering of the state’s 2015 budget.

Babatunde Fashola, the immediate past governor, signed the budget size of N489.690 billion, which Ambode inherited on May 29, on January 11, 2015.

BusinessDay gathered that a letter from the Governor Ambode seeking to re-order the budget might be forwarded to Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, next week.

The budget re-ordering, it was learnt, is to enable the governor re-prioritise sectoral spending in the remaining months of the year before his administration’s first full budget for 2016.

Sectoral allocation of the 2015 budget size, which equates that of 2014, was as follows: General public service, N107.690 billion (22%); public order and safety, N15.547 billion (3.2%); economic affairs, N146.306 (29.9%); environmental protection, N34.953 billion (7.1%); housing and community amenities, N49.033 billion (10%); health, N44.617 (9.1%); recreation, culture and religion, N3.118 billion (0.6%); education, N82.114 billion (16.8%); social protection, N1.589 billion (0.3%); planning reserve, N2.260 (0.5%), and contingency, N2.448 billion (0.5%).

A source within the government told BusinessDay that the re-ordering would give the governor flexibility as he determine to make impact across sectors of the state economy “within the shortest possible time.”

In the last one hundred days, Ambode is seen to have shown he is prepared to take the bull by the horns in strengthening security, enhance capacity for delivery of healthcare, traffic management, transparency in government, reorganisation of the state public service, introduction of Treasury Single Account (TSA), reduced cost of governance, among others.

The governor, BusinessDay also learnt, may finally unveil his commissioners’ list this month. Since his swearing in, he had been running the affairs of the state without a constituted cabinet.

BusinessDay

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