From Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki
Ebonyi state Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Engr Jude Chikadibia Okpor, has described as mind-blowing the report of the BudgIT annual analysis and enjoy the people to rise for its celebration considering where the state was classified in previous years.
It is recalled that a prominent civic-tech organization dedicated to promoting fiscal transparency and accountability in Nigeria, has published its 2023 state of states report, in which Ebonyi state was ranked among the top three states.
BudgIT, through its annual analysis, assesses and ranks the fiscal performance of all 36 states from the most to the least sustainable.
It released the 2023 edition of its annual States of States report themed Subnational Healthcare Delivery for Improved Economic Development during the week
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In the report, Ebonyi topped the chart by coming 2nd on both INDEXES C and D, and overall 3rd position out of the 36 States of the Federation
According to him, “For the records and clarity, Ebonyi State’s decent performance across the various categories which propelled it to the overall best three needs to be highlighted to rest a possible debate that could emanate to challenge the reputable report.
“For instance, on States Performance INDEX B, – States on this index have comparatively more public revenue left to implement the capital expenditure component of their budget after fulfilling repayment obligations to lenders – Ebonyi ranked 2nd out of 36 States of the federation.
‘On State’s Performance on INDEX D, which are for states that give priority to investing in capital expenditure compared to their operating expenses – Ebonyi again, took 2nd position out of the 36 States.”
It was gathered that States that ranked low in the index have a financial strategy that prioritizes investment in their operating expenses over capital expenditure in the state.
The commissioner explained that such states are not sufficiently investing in improving the human capital development profile of the state.
He however noted that the government of Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru distinguished itself by taking the lead in this area.
He noted: “The report brings to the fore Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru’s disposition towards Human capital development.
‘It is right to state without equivocation that the 2023 BudgiT Report is another vocal pointer to the fact that Ebonyians made the right choice in Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru and their confidence in him is practically being justified