Lagos to commence bilateral talks on 2017 budget

Lagos State is set to commence the yearly bilateral discussions with all ministries, department and agencies towards the preparation of the year 2017 budget.

It is targeted at considering the proposals of MDAs, review same, prioritise and agree on proposed programmes and projects in relation to the expected revenue of government.

Akinyemi Ashade, commissioner for economic planning and budget, who made this known on Monday, said the 2017 budget would focus on the people.

The current administration has chosen the key policy of running a “people’s budget,” to ensure “Lagos works for all” no matter the age, gender, tribe or status,” said Ashade.

It would be recalled that the state government earlier in the year held public consultations in the three senatorial districts of the state for purposes of considering and inputting the developmental proposals of citizens in the 2017 budget.

Ashade said the bilateral discussion would be based on the nine classifications of functions of government (COFOG) including general public service, public order and safety, economic affairs, social protection, education, housing and community amenities, health, environmental protection and recreation, religion and culture.

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