By Praise Necherem
The Anambra state government has proposed a budget estimate of N140.8bn for 2021 fiscal year. The Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mark Okoye, made the disclosure at a Stakeholders Consultative Forum for 2021 draft annual budget.
“The 2021 draft annual budget expenditure outlay, other things being equal, is estimated at N140.8bn. The increase in the budget size is N25.9bn from the 2020 revised budget of N114.9bn, representing an 18.3 percent increase,” he said.
According to Okoye, personnel costs were estimated at N18bn for the fiscal year 2021 compared with 2020 revised budgeted figure of N17.4bn.
He added, “This figure accommodates new and important hires into the civil service, such as the replacement of retired teachers, promotions and a projected salary increment in line with the new minimum wage.
“Total overheads are estimated at N22bn for the fiscal year 2021. This figure accommodates provision of subvention to new MDAs and other associated costs. Social Benefits and Contributions including pensions, gratuities and group life insurance, are projected at N12bn in 2021 compared to N10.4bn as revised in the 2020 budget.
“Total budget revenue for the fiscal year 2021 is estimated at N130bn broken into N46bn for statutory allocation; N20bn for Value Added Tax; N36bn for Internally Generated Revenue; N0.68bn for Excess Crude/Other Revenue; N10bn for Grants; N10bn for other Capital Receipts.
The Commissioner for explained that for debt financing, the State provided N11bn in domestic debt financing, comprising single digit concessionary programme lending for interventions in Agriculture, Manufacturing and Youth Entrepreneurship.
‘‘As the 2021 budget will be the last full fiscal budget year it will implement, the state government is prioritizing the completion of critical projects across numerous sectors of the economy. Thus, N15.6bn has been earmarked for the Anambra International Cargo Airport and N18bn for the completion of strategic roads and bridges,” he added.
A further breakdown showed a recurrent expenditure estimated at N52bn, representing 37 percent of the budget size, while the capital expenditure is estimated at N86.24bn indicating 63 percent of the budget size which implied that significant funds would be channeled to capital projects in the critical sectors of the economy.
Okoye said in order to reflect the yearnings of the populace in its 2021 appropriation bill, the state government had to interface with stakeholders’ to seek their inputs on the 2021 draft annual budget.
Heads of the various state ministries, departments and agencies, the state budget team and representatives from the civil society organizations, including the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, the State Traders Association, persons living with disability, youth associations among others were in attendance at the forum.