The Bayelsa State Government has began the process for the formulation of the 2022 budget with an open forum for top officials of various arms of government and others to make inputs.
The open forum, which took place at the Harold Dappa-Biriye Conference Hall in Yenagoa, the state capital, was attended by critical stakeholders in the state.
Speaking at the event tagged: “Public Interactive Session of the 2022 Citizens/Annual Budget”, organized by the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, the state governor, Senator Douye Diri urged Bayelsans to participate actively in the process to enable the government know exactly what to capture in the budget.
Represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the governor stated that some projects captured in the budget may not be effectively executed because of certain factors which includes, clime, availability of resources as estimated in the budget, amongst others.
He, however, assured that the prosperity administration under his watch, was committed to enhancing the lives of its citizens and is working hard to achieve that but needs more support from the people to do that.
The governor also used the opportunity to address the recent blockage of major roads in the state by persons living with disabilities, saying such action is against normal behaviour, urging them to respect the rights of other road users and use dialogue to settle their grievances.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Maxwell Ebibai, said the government was desirous of providing a budget that will meet the yearnings, aspirations and desires of the people.
In their separate comments, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Akpoebi Alamieyeseigha and his Information, Orientation and Strategy counterpart, Hon. Ayibaina Duba said as mandated by the World Bank, the essence of the interactive session is to feel the pulse of the citizens and ensure their needs are captured.
On their parts, some of the participants thanked the government for organizing the event, saying it is an indication that the Diri administration is people-centered in its approach to the development of the state.