Most times we come out to public space to paint the government in bad light without proper consultation and evidence based reportage of issues that affect the generality of the people and the leaders as it were especially when it comes to the issue of budget.
Most social media critics had deemed it fit to cast aspersions on the government of the day without a genuine proof of what they see on the surface.
Let me take our minds back to the 2018 Budget of Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA.
In 2018, the local government had a budget of N3,513,486,342:8k. It might interest us to note that the said budget performed at 77% at the end of that fiscal year.
The recurrent expenditure included N820,824,207:00 which was cost of personnel of primary school teachers of over 50 primary schools within Ajeromi-Ifelodun local government. Personnel cost of local government staffers was N281,654,995:00 and the overhead cost was N1,245,155,210:80 for non-pensionable allowances, running cost of the local government secretariat, Area offices, Primary Health Centres, Federal and State Government agencies within the local government.
For the records, at the end of the 2018 fiscal year, teachers’ salary performed at 95%; Local Government Staff salary performed at 104% and the overhead cost performed at 86%.
As for the Capital Expenditure, projected Capital Expenditure was N1,165,858,930:00 and was allocated among the functions of government as follows: Agric 0.2%; Works and Housing 77%; Education 17%; Health 3.4%; Environment 0.4% and WAPA 2%.
The overall capital performance implementation for the year 2018 on cash based analysis was 42% which cuts across different sectors.
Now, that was 2018. For those close to Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA, you will agree with me that Education got a large share from the bunch. You might be tempted to ask why, seeing that it was only 17% that was allotted to it.
Well, the truth is the Works and Housing department were in charge of all construction works that affected the schools and the Primary Health Centres.
Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola’s resolve to position our schools as a true citadel of learning, competing with what is seen in foreign lands is the motivational factor as to why ICT Centres equipped for e-learning, libraries and recreational facilities such as football pitches and basketball courts are a common spectacle in some of our public primary schools.
School construction is also speeding up at an alarming rate and pretty soon, our public primary schools will be well equipped to churn out pupils/students that can hold their head up high and compete favourably with their counterparts from Lekki and Ikoyi.
However, for 2019 and upon the success story of the 2018 Budget, the Hon. Fatai Ayoola led government is proposing a total revenue of N3,783,611,603:83 with a percentage share as follows:
Federal Allocation – N1,707,572,095:99 (45%)
VAT – N1,849,869,770:64 (49%)
IGR – N193,423,000 (5.11%)
With an opening balance of N32,746,737:19 thrown into the above stated figures which is 0.87%, we can effectively be talking about arriving at the expected outcome of N3,783,611,603:83.
The following is also a breakdown of how the government plans to expend the accrued revenue:
Capital – 32%
Personnel Cost – 33%
Statutory deduction – 7%
Overhead Cost – 28%
With all this, the government is set to embark on construction and rehabilitation of 20 Roads and continue with medium-term plan in sectors like Education, Health and Environment.
Now to the crinkum-crankum.
A lot of folks out there on social media have gone on a spree, painting the government in bad light, just the way they once said President Muhammadu Buhari is Jubril from Sudan.
Really? Where are they now? Same Nnamdi Kalu that made such alterations was seen on social media in a ‘porn movie’ with a lady that is not his wife or should I say one of his wives?
The like of Okoli Chuka have been all out to ensure they paint the government of Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola in bad light, not with his posts in recent times. With some perusal into his posts, it is not far from the truth that he works for the opposition party, PDP.
Inasmuch as we support opposition to be critical, they should however criticize with genuine evidence. Nothing stops an opposition to walk up to the budget department in Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA to make enquiries as that is one department that is open to all and sundry.
Well, social media has just made it possible for every Tom, Dick and Harry to lash out to leaders irrespective of religious or political affiliation because religion as it were, is one of the major institutions or practices that has divided us as a people.
In Okoli Chuka’s post on Facebook published on April 15, 2019, he stated unequivocally like he has been doing before, that the Federal government’s allocation for the months of January, February and March to Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA are N493,733,983.55, N512,255,721.63, N479,274,139.60 respectively which sums up to about N1.4bn.
Now that is mind blowing isn’t it?
Am sure if Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola gets that sum every month, Ajeromi-Ifelodun would have become a paradise in less than two years he assumed office.
Yes those huge sums of money were released by the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) and yes they got to the State Government, who acts with the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC) to release the allocations to the 57 LGAs and LCDAs in the State. But NO, Ajeromi-Ifelodun DOES NOT get that large chunk.
In his submission, they failed to realize that the sum released to Lagos State by FAAC was for 20 local governments, and it is no secret that Lagos State operates with LGAs and LCDAs thus having a total of 57.
The State government release to the local governments after deductions and share same to all the 57 with some local governments getting less that N100,000:00 and some getting above that depending on the size of your Council.
This is one of the more reasons why there has been a huge cry for the local governments’ autonomy which a lot of States are still fighting against.
Back to this year’s budget, the increase herein would go a long way to implement the N30,000 minimum wage, and believe you me, Ajeromi-Ifelodun will witness a lot of infrastructural development.
Hon. Ayoola as it were, knows fully well that the community needs massive development to key into the mega city proposal by the State, and how else can that be achieved if visible and viable projects are not implemented.
Any doubting Thomas of the Ayoola led administration should take a walk to Godo Bus stop where we have a state of the art educational facility apart from the blocks of classrooms, equipped with a library, e-learning and ICT Centre and a synthetic football pitch.
A walk to New Road will also shock you because Araromi Primary School is now a beauty to behold. Still with a standard artificial football turf and a basketball court, the school boasts of modern classrooms with adequate ventilation and ceiling fans.
This he has replicated and still replicating in our public primary schools.
Under construction is a Primary Health Centre at Alayabiagba community and his plan is to ensure each ward in Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA gets a PHC.
There is no gainsaying that Ayoola means business and that he has set out to do from day one void of distractions.