Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Kwara State News, The Informant247

COVID-19: Kwara govt receives N1.9bn grant from FG

Kwara State Government has disclosed that it received $5m (N1.9bn) from the Federal Government for fulfilling the State Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS)’s new disbursement-linked indicator related to budget reviews that prioritise COVID-19 economic recovery.

According to a statement issued by the Commissioner for Finance and Planning, Olasumbo Florence Oyeyemi and obtained by THE INFORMANT247 on Thursday, the state won the SFTAS grant for also publishing an approved amended  2020 COVID-19 responsive budget by July 31, 2020, thereby meeting verification protocols for the programme.

“The four requirements in the amended budgets are revision of gross statutory allocation projections, compared to the original budget; reduction in non-priority overheads and capital expenditures, compared to the original budget; allocation of expenditures to COVID-19 response programmes for relief, restructuring and recovery (with total COVID-19 response expenditures representing at least 10% of the total amended budget expenditures); and identification of the financing sources to fully finance the budget deficit without accumulation of new domestic expenditure arrears,” the statement added.

The fund is meant to support budget implementation.

Kwara State had earlier this year received $5m for meeting verification protocols for SFTAS programme for results for year 2018.

Assessment for the 2019 SIFTAS compliance is ongoing, with Kwara tipped to perform better in the next round of disbursement.

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