Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday, signed into law the N472 billion Delta State 2013 Appropriation Bill.
He promised to prudently fund projects to accelerate the execution of policies and programmes in order to improve the living standards of the people.
The budget is made up of N316 billion for Capital Expenditure and N156 billion for Recurrent Expenditure.
He said his administration would place more emphasis on Capital Expenditure, so as to consolidate on the massive infrastructure development drive of the state.
He said: “We want to do more of capital projects and spend less on recurrent expenditure. This is a big challenge. We are setting up structures that will weed out all ghost workers. Indeed, we reduced recurrent expenditure to 37 per cent and increased capital expenditure to 67 per cent.”
While expressing worry over the issue of ghost and unqualified workers, he said: “We are going to use the biometric system, which will also weed out workers without the requisite qualification. The Office of the Head of Service will be in-charge of this exercise.”
Also signed into law, yesterday, were the Delta State Multi-Door Court House Bill and the Delta State Engineering Project Monitoring and Control Board Bill.
The Multi-Door Court House Bill is aimed at providing alternative mechanism for the resolution of disputes.