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Ebonyi: Nwifuru Presents 2024 Budget For Approval



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From Mba Nnenna- Abakaliki
Ebonyi State Governor Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru has submitted a budget proposal of Two Hundred and
Two Billion, One Hundred and Twenty Seven Million,
Nine Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Nine Hundred
and Seven Naira to the State House of Assembly for approval for the 2024 fiscal year.
The Governor explained that the people’s charter of Needs serves as the guiding principle of his administration in addressing diverse opinions in  the areas of Education, Health, Agriculture, ease of doing business, water resources, affordable housing, critical infrastructure and in the developmental strides of embracing information and communication technology
“Through the Ebonyi State Health Insurance Agency, we are not just
reducing the financial burden of healthcare on Civil Servants, we are offering
a lifeline to families striving for a healthy future. By covering the health
insurance premiums of identified vulnerable citizens, we extend
compassionate hand to those who need it most. These initiatives are not
abstract; they are stories of lives changed, futures secured, and communities
“The essence of our commitment to Education goes beyond bricks and
mortar; it lies in the dreams of every child who now has access to quality
learning environments.  Picture a student in a rural community, now
equipped with the tools and facilities necessary to unlock their full potential”
Governor Nwifuru added that the  ongoing move to construct 39 duplexes, 3 duplexes in each Local
Government Area with 12 classrooms, is not just a mere political
achievement, stressing that it is an investment that will shape the future leaders of Ebonyi
In the area of infrastructure, the Governor disclosed that his administration has awarded the construction of 22km, Ezillo Ezzaegu road ; 31 km offerekpe -Agbaja Internal Road, 23km Ogbaga -Nwofe Road ; 12.8 km Ugwulangwu Road; 12.3km Okposi ojigwe -Mgbom Road among others , while concerted efforts had been made to improve health care delivery
“Consider the 189 Health Workers strategically employed for our General
Hospitals 36 of whom are doctors. They are not just professionals filling
positions; they are the compassionate hands that heal, the reassuring voices
that comfort, and the pillars of our healthcare system.”
“Reflect on the empowerment of 500 Ebonyi indigenes through EBSMEDA
grants. These are not just financial disbursements, they are investments in
dreams, businesses, and the economic resilience of our people.” The Governor said.
The Governor commended the House of Assembly for their partnership through speedy passage of enabling laws.
“In navigating the complexities of governance, the role of the Ebonyi State
House of Assembly cannot be overstated. Your meticulous consideration of
proposed legislations, your discerning debates, and your unwavering focus
on the needs of the people have served as a guiding light for the executive
arm of the State”
The Budget is tagged “Budget of innovation and Progress”.

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