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PS Chomba calls for prudent use of resources

CENTRAL Province Permanent Secretary Bernard Chomba says there is need to exercise prudence in the use of financial resources in view of the reduced budget ceiling for 2021 and 2022.
Mr Chomba said the general public was expecting so much from public employees hence the need for them to account for any expenditure in order to achieve the development objectives of the province.
The total provincial budget ceiling for 2021 and 2022 has been reduced to K82.8 million from K166.6 million in 2020 because of the financial constraints caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The drastic reduction means each of the country’s 10 provinces has a budget ceiling of K8.2 million for 2021 and 2022, a significant fall from about K20 million in 2020.
Speaking when he officially opened a budget preparation meeting in Chibombo recently, Mr Chomba said the Government has directed that preparation of the 2021 – 2023 Mid-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the 2021 budget focused on rejuvenating the economy.
“May I remind you here that resources are meager and time to play at the expense of development is long gone! We need to account for every coin and ensure that every expenditure we make has an impact on the public we are serving.
“His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu has emphasized on the need to do more with less, and in implementing the president’s words, I will not tolerate any officer under my watch who will fail to come with initiative that will reduce expenditure and increase the return,” Mr Chomba said.
The Permanent Secretary noted that the drastic reduction did not only require proper budgeting and planning process, but also efficient management and utilization of resources by all public workers to achieve development objectives enshrined in the Province’s Strategic Plan.
The Permanent Secretary noted that any prospect for development in the province next year hinged on the budget preparation activities that were currently going on.

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