Governor Raji Fashola of Lagos State, has declared that despite all the economic challenges, the state budget recorded an 89% performance rate in 2012, the highest since 2007.
He made this known after the first session of the 3-day Executive Council/Permanent Secretaries retreat with the theme ‘’Enhancing effective and efficient service delivery in Lagos State.’’
He said the improvement was the fulfillment of the promise he made during the third budget review to do better in the fourth quarter.
The governor attributed the increase in performance to availability of resources and hard work.
He said: “It was due partly to the fact that it was when we closed on our bond; we had more money to finance our projects.
“It was also attributable substantially to much more rigorous work in ensuring that the projects were made ready that they got to implementation promptly within the last quarter with contractors moving to site”.
Giving a scorecard on his administration’s feats, he added: “We have seen construction of housing projects at various stages of implementation from Epe to Ejinrin to Agbowa, to Sango-Tedo, Mushin, Ilupeju, Igando and so on and so forth.”
“Of course we have seen the progress we are making on the Light Rail project, road construction from Mile 12 to Ikorodu, the Waterworks at Adiyan now in progress and so many other areas where we clearly saw progress including the Health sector, the School of Nursing in Alimosho and the Maternal and Childcare Centre in Amuwo-Odofin.”
“So, the direct impact of the budget is clearly visible and demonstrable.”
Expressing the readiness of his team to perform even better in 2013, Fashola appealed for voluntary payment of tax by all taxable citizens of the State, saying it is the only tool with which government can work effectively.