Delta State Commissioner for Lands and Surveys, Barr. (Mrs) Kate Onianwa, on Friday appeared before the budget defense team of the State Ministry of Economic Planning to defend her Ministry’s 2022 budget proposals.
Mrs Onianwa, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Directors and Departmental Heads, said the Ministry was service-oriented, and saddled with the administration and management of state lands/property, as well as surveys of land and control of land development and uses on behalf of the Delta State Governnent.
She stated that the services rendered by the various departments and agencies of the Ministry had greatly improved over time, pointing out that modern technology would soon be deployed to the operations of the Ministry in line with global best practices.
The Commissioner disclosed that the Ministry worked within the limits of budgetary provisions in the 2021 fiscal year, but called for a more realistic budget for the year 2022.
She explained that the Ministry generated 63 percent of its projected revenue between January and July 2021 and requested for the creation of a new Head, Sub-head on Valuation of Assets and Publication/Gazette of documents to expand the revenue generation capacity of the Ministry.
Mrs Onianwa appealed to the Economic Planning Ministry to raise the capital and overhead spending limits of her Ministry for more effective running of the departments and agencies and to provide for the Valuation of Assets, Publication/Gazette of documents, among others.