Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola has on Thursday presented the 2019 budget before the State House of Assembly.
Of the overall N152.7 billion ‘Budget of Hope’, N10.4 billion or 11.36 per cent of the proposed spending goes to the education ministry.
During his presentation at the state parliament complex in Osogbo, Mr Oyetola promised to build on the giant strides of his predecessor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.
He also pledged that his government will review the education curriculum towards reintroducing history as a school subject and the incorporation of ethics.
“We shall review the school curriculum to achieve value reorientation and to create a sense of worth belonging in our youths. Consequently, History shall be re-introduced in our secondary schools while Civic Education shall be expanded to incorporate the Omoluabi ethos.”
The governor also harped on improving technical and vocational education. He also restated commitment to the funding of tertiary institutions jointly owned with Oyo State.
“Focused-attention shall also be given to technical and vocational education to inculcate relevant skills for the youth to make them job creators rather than job seekers.
“Our Administration remains irrevocably committed to the joint ownership and co-funding of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso and the College of Health Sciences, Osogbo with the Oyo State Government.”
EduCeleb.com reports that the 2019 budget in Osun State is N26.5 billion lower than the 2018 budget.
The state is expecting an Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N36 billion at “a minimum N3billion monthly” out of the projected total revenue of N150billion. The rest will come from other sources including the Federation Account, grants, aids, investment and others.
The government’s fiscal plan largely focuses on capital projects, which got N91.5billion –65 per cent of estimated expenditure.
Oyetola also spoke of prioritising agriculture, healthcare and provision of water in the rural area through various projects and initiatives.
The governor told lawmakers to the admiration of those present that “the era of payment of modulated salaries and allowances and other benefits has become a thing of the past.”
“Workers and pensioners are now collecting their full salaries,” he added.
“We are committed to consolidating on the various ongoing projects and programmes by delivering on the continuous investment in education, healthcare and social welfare, unwavering attention to security of lives and property, people-oriented and good governance system that founded on zero tolerance for corruption.”
This budget presentation, which was the first to be done under the current government was witnessed by traditional rulers and federal lawmakers. Among them were Senate Majority Whip, Senator Sola Adeyeye and House of Representatives members Ajibola Famurewa, Yinka Ajayi, Mrs Ayo Omidiran and a former state speaker, Adejare Bello.
House Speaker, Najeem Salaam promised a speedy consideration of the proposal as requested by the governor as soon as the House resumes from recess on 14th January, 2019