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If we have to believe William Feather in his book, 'The Business of Life”, that “Budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it”, one begins to relate this saying to Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha's 2016 Budget speech of “Consolidation and Continuity” which he presented to the State House of Assembly on December 29, 2015.

If we have to believe William Feather in his book, 'The Business of Life”, that “Budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it”, one begins to relate this saying to Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha's 2016 Budget speech of “Consolidation and Continuity” which he presented to the State House of Assembly on December 29, 2015.


Governor Okorocha's 2016 Budget speech, as it was rendered, appeared like suspicion couched in jokes and repartee, a long reiteration of cant which he hopes to consolidate.
In his 2016 Budget proposal, he appears to be whisked back to his past, essential for providing a context for quotations when he leaves the Imo Governor's Lodge in 2019. Here, professional jigsaw pieces are assembled into order!
Put simply, Okorocha's 2016 Budget Proposals are fantasies put into the setting of his political world view.
In view of the above-stated realities of good governance, Governor Okorocha stated as follows, “… after due bilateral discussions with all stakeholders through the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) coupled with revenue performance during the outgoing year, we are proposing a budget size of N102,208,328,832 (One Hundred and Two billion, two hundred and eighty million, three hundred and twenty eight thousand, eight hundred and thirty two naira), titled “Budget of Consolidation and Continuity” for the 2016 fiscal year”.
He pointed out to the unwary, that “this is lower than the 2015 budget by N41.11 billion which transfers to 28.7%”.
The budget itself which consists of N44.043 billion capital expenditure representing 43.1% of the total budget and N58.165 billion recurrent expenditure which represents 56.9% of the total budget, is targeted at the prevailing harsh business environment comes at a time of stunning prophesies and discordant voices over ISOPADEC, CONCORDE HOTEL, Owerri Shoe Industry, Avutu Poultry Farm, Alex Industry etc.
What is more, the reversal of the fate of the 56 year old Otamiri water treatment plant which was commissioned under the regime of Chief Sam Mbakwe, reticulated sanitized water spread across all nooks and crannies of the municipality, an abiding legacy in pipe-borne water provision is a disaster.
It would be necessary to address this issue in his budget proposals and forget constructing 'China roads' in the various areas, the responsibility of which should engage the attention of elected Local Government Councils.
Governor Okorocha should consider the evacuation and desilting of the entire drainage system in Owerri metropolis if he expects to turn the state capital an El Dorado.
Regular payment of workers' salaries and allowances would bring to bear, his orchestrated government readiness to obey the internationally institutionalized labour law.
Until most of these requirements for the upliftment of the people are humanely addressed, Okorocha's 2016 Budget of Consolidation and Continuity is a sham!
He wants to consolidate on and continue with issues that people have long detested. Imagine!


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