Ben Ayade’s proposed radio broadcast for 2020 budget fails

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, was on Friday unable to make a radio broadcast of the 2020 budget to the public.

Director-General of the state’s budget office, Abeng Onoh, told journalists in his office in Calabar that the budget would be ready by next week.

Onoh said: “By Wednesday or Thursday (next week) the budget will be okay. The problem why the budget was not finished is not from us but the consultant. The network was always fluctuating. Sometimes he will come and sit down for the network to come up. It was not the governor’s fault.”

He, however, refused to disclose the name of the consultant.

Onoh said that the state was still operating 35 digits mode of codification of projects in the budget, adding that nearly all other states operate 52 digits.

“Every state has a code. In the states every local government has a code. Any project you do in that local government has a code and can easily be traced as projects are codified according to local government.

“Cross River State uses State Integrated Financial Management Information System rather than Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) the Federal Government and other states use,” he said.