The Kwara State House of Assembly has called on the executive to ensure full implementation of 2018 budget.
This, they noted, is the only way to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.
The House made the call during the consideration of the 2018 budget proposal recently presented by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
House Leader, Hassan Oyeleke (Offa), noted that the budget has four basic features for the development of the state adding that the government had promised to enhance infrastructural development.
He commended the state government for putting into consideration the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the state in the budget.
In her contribution, Hajia Segilola Abdulkadir appealed to the government to make the budget an implementable one while the issue of palliative measure for the provision of water especially during the current dry season be treated with urgency.
She noted that some ministries in the state needed special attention to make life more bearable for the people and called for the restoration of oversight function by the legislature to be able to assess level of implementation on projects.
Hajia Segilola called for the payment of counterpart funding where necessary and on time and an appraisal of the IFK scheme to meet expectations of the people.
Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, Hon Isiaku Aliyu Adams said the state government had been insensitive on the issue of project particularly in Edu Local government and warned on taking from the society without giving back.
Hon Mathew Olayitan Babaoye said there is the need for the provision of fire service in all the local government headquarters of the state as against just two listed in the budget.
He said some communities needed to be connected to the national grid while the project of Light Up Kwara (LUK) should be spread to other local government areas of the state.
On his part, Hon Ahmed Muhammed noted that the early presentation of the budget is going to give ample time for its implementation.
He said last year’s budget performance was about seventy-one percent but with capital project at only 22% adding that the problem of teachers salaries should be looked into seriously.
He charged the new council chairmen to work up plans to clear the backlogs of salaries of local government workers and others.
On Kaiama-Kisi road, Muhammed said the road has been flag off since 2016 and nothing has been done on it till date.
Other members, Hon Mashood Bakare, Hon Mobolaji Amasa and Hon Bunmi Afolayan were also in support of other members submissions on the budget.
Speaking after the contributions of the members, the Deputy speaker, Elder Mathew Okedare commended the members for their submissions and implored the state government to wave the loan collected by the local government councils to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of the third tier of government.