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Address By Governor Hope Uzodinma On The 2023 Budget Presentation To Imo House Of Assembly





“Mr.Speaker, the Leadership of the House of Assembly, Honourable Members of the Hallowed Chambers, it gives me great pleasure to address you on this glorious day of our Lord on the occasion of the formal presentation of the 2023 budget estimates.

“About this time last year, I was in this hallowed Chambers to present the 2022 budget estimates for your consideration.

“Although this ceremony is more or less an annual ritual, in accordance with the provisions of section 121 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I am sure that you can all spot the big difference between last year’s event and that of today, that is, this year’s.

“As you know, last year, I presented the 2022 budget to you in your “House of Exile”; in “Egypt”, so to say.

“At the previous event, all of us, myself, members of my government, and Honourable members, were struggling to find sitting spaces and some comfort, because your “House of Exile” was a sorry statement on what a Hallowed Chambers should be. The story was the same when I presented my first budget estimates for 2021 to this Honourable House.

“Today, the difference is as clear as daylight in summer. The Hallowed Chambers in which we are all comfortably seated today is not only befitting for this Honourable house but indeed any legislative house anywhere in the world. Not only is it modern and beautiful, it also provides an expansive luscious ambiance that enhances legislative capacity. And this is one of the proud products of our shared prosperity administration in less than three years. This is something previous administrations could not do for nearly 10 years.

“Let me therefore use this August event of the presentation of the 2023 budget estimates to congratulate you on your new state of the art legislative Chambers and to welcome you back from your 10 year sojourn in exile. It is my prayer that never again shall you return to Egypt. Never again will you make laws for Imo people in excruciating discomfort. Welcome to the shared prosperity world where the dignity of the three arms of government; The Executive,The Legislature and The Judiciary, will never be compromised.

“So, Mr.Speaker, Honourable members, permit me to use this wonderful edifice, delivered by our 3R government, which you are part of, as the point of contact of our achievements in the fiscal year 2022, to declare that we have done exceptionally well indeed. I shall return to this subject shortly.

“As you will recall, on each occasion that I have presented budget estimates to Honourable members, I had always emphasized that the new Imo State of our vision is anchored on freedom, security, and shared prosperity manifested in practical good governance that all can see. On each occasion I have also assured you that despite the huge infrastructure deficit we inherited, coupled with the paucity of funds and the sorry state of the socio-economic facilities we met on assumption of office, we will not be daunted from making spirited efforts to turn things around for the better. You will agree with me that we have walked that talk and we have kept faith with the good people of Imo State.

“Almost three years down the line, even the most chronic cynics or critics will agree that Imo State has witnessed a breathtaking transformation that has permanently changed both her landscape and fortunes for good.

“There is no doubt that as I have repeatedly promised, good governance, shared prosperity, equity, justice and the rule of law have been the defining hallmarks of this administration.

“Even in the face of daunting challenges, including the unrelenting onslaught of contrived banditry from those who have vowed to make the state ungovernable for me, we have remained tenaciously focused on the goal of delivering the dividend of democracy to our people. From the world-class dua-lised highways of Owerri – Orlu, Owerri – Okigwe and ongoing Owerri – Umuahia and Orlu-Mgbee – Uga roads, it is clear that we are determined to open up the infrastructure space for an unprecedented economic boom in trade, commerce and tourism for our people.

“Distinguished Honourable members, it is against this background of sustained prosperity driven policies for our people, which has also seen us make audacious inroads into Industrial policy formulation, digital economy and
e -government, and massive wealth creation, through unprecedented youth empowerment programmes and Skill up Imo digital agenda, that I present the 2023 budget estimates which I have rightly christened BUDGET OF WEALTH EXPANSION.

“This is a step further than the 2022 budget rightly christened BUDGET OF WEALTH CONSOLIDATION AND RECOVERY.

“While in the outgoing 2022 fiscal year, we concentrated on wealth consolidation part of which saw to the recovery of the looted patrimony of Imo people, our fiscal focus next year is to expand the wealth created and touch the lives of every Imo household.

“I believe that 2023 is the year we should expand our wealth creation drive to reach all the nook and crannies of the 27 Local Government Across in Imo State.

~ Governor Hope Uzodimma

The Budget breakdown follows !!!


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