Zainab Ahmed, Minister of state for budget and national planning, says implementation of the N6.06 trillion budget has begun earnestly with the release of funds for infrastructure projects.
The budget was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 6 into law to end months of bickering between the executive branch and the legislative arm of government.
Funds were being released on systematic basis, this is quoted in a statement signed by Salisu Haiba, an assistant director of press in the ministry.
“Funds have been released for projects that were ready to go and the implementation had started in earnest,” the minister said.
According to her, the 2016 budget had some unique properties and also exceptional in number of ways, “Let me say that the budget of N6.06 trillion so far is the largest that Nigeria has ever had and it is very ambitious. It has a capital provision of 29 percent.”
The minister was also quoted to have described the focus of government on the non-oil revenue as a serious commitment to diversify the economy, pointing out that in previous year, the oil revenue in the budged ranged from an average of 70 percent.
She listed the provision for social intervention programme as very critical in the budget and that 34 priorities key programmes had also been identified to achieve maximum results.
While urging the staff of the ministry to be champions of the Change Agenda of the present administration, she stated that civil servants were the engine room for growth and development.
Also civil servants are engine room for the implementation of government development projects.
“The civil servants should drive the implementation projects of the administration. There are lot of things that are not efficiently done in the service,” she said.
Explaining further on the importance of the Servicom/Reform Coordination Departments in MDAs, she said the officers of the department had a responsibility of identifying on a continuous basis, what was not working well and advise on how best to correct these things.
“The purpose of this training is to remind the officers of their role and their functions in change management in re-engineering of our business processes in all the MDAs,” the minister said.
Accordingly, government can achieve and deliver more efficiently on the mandate of each ministry and by extension on the mandate that the Federal Government has made commitment to the people of Nigeria, she said.