Enugu State Governor, Dr Peter Mbah Monday, swore-in Chris Robert Ozongwu as Commissioner for Budget and Planning, bringing the total number of it’s Commissioner to Twenty -One.
Performing the inauguration at Government House,Enugu the state Governor, Dr Peter Mbah, expressed gratitude that his cabinet had added another key person to the squad to tackle the challenges of Enugu state.
He said that ministry of Budget and Planning was everything in the era of distruptive innovation, explaining that when they planned their budget, they must make sure that what they have in the budget reflected Government priority.
Governor Mba further explained that his administration would ensure that what was contained in the state budget reflects government priority, and accurately capture the revenue that must be deployed to execute what had been provided for in the budget.
He added that his administration was targeted at doing things completely different and anchored on transparency and accountability.
The Governor charged the Commissioner to pay attention on the pattern of growth in the last Twenty Four (24) years, noting that the current model that focuses on revenue from the federation account was not adequate
“Distruptive innovation means we have to find the money, intervene critically across all the sectors, creating models for financing , get actionable plan, get the cost implication, make sure it will fund this humongous and massive vision we have for the people of Enugu state,” Gov. Mbah said.
He noted that the appointment was meant to add value to the state.
The Governor reminded the new commissioner that the expectations from Enugu people were high and as such, his government will not accept poor quality jobs from him but the best.
He congratulated the Commissioner on his appointment and thanked him for accepting to serve the state.
Responding after his inauguration, the new Commissioner thanked Governor Mbah for his appointment, promising to discharge his duties diligently and creditably.
The oath of office was administered to the Commissioner by the Solicitor General of the State, Victor Emeribe.
Recall that the new commissioner was not screened and confirmed by the State House of Assembly when the other twenty Commissioners were screened and cleared. They were inaugurated on August 10,2023.
Author: Maureen Ikpeama