By Omolara Adasofunjo
Ogun State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Adijat Adeleye has defended over one billion naira budget proposal for the Ministry contained in the State 2024 budget appropriation bill, with a request for more support from the Assembly towards checkmating Gender-Based Violence and gender inequality.
Mrs Adeleye, while appearing before the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation led by Mr Musefiu Lamidi at the commencement of the Year 2024 budget defence held at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, noted that, out of the total budget, the sum of N353m would go for capital projects.
She explained that over N651m was being earmarked for recurrent expenditure, while the sum of over N12m was being expected as revenue for the period.
The Commissioner stated that part of the budget objectives was to ensure the completion of rehabilitation of Fatty Lammy Rehabilitation Centre at Oke-Ilewo and that of Women Development Centre at Kobape amongst others.
She commended the Assembly for identifying with the Ministry through their strategic roles of orientating the grassroots on gender-based issues, especially the enactment of relevant laws to protect women and other vulnerable groups.
Some agencies that defended their budget estimates for the next fiscal year included the Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives, Youths and Sports Ministry as well as the Office of the Auditor General for State and its Local Government counterpart.