The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has revealed that out of the N237 million approved for the ministry in the 2016 budget, the ministry was only able to access N147 million and was able to achieve 62 percent performance.
Mr. Ukah made this disclosure during the budget defense of his ministry before the Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Information in Asaba recently.
He said that the ministry has been able to ensure that the Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, is back on air, adding that the state radio station is functioning well, while the focus in the year 2017 will be on the full digitalization of all government broadcast media.
The General Manager of the Delta State Printing and Publishing Company Limited, publishers of the Pointer Newspapers, Mr. Bosah Iwobi, revealed that the company was able to access only N3.9 million out of the N6 million in the 2016 approved budget, adding that with a projected revenue of N60 million from advertisements and sales, only N18 million was realized.
Mr. Iwobi, however, stated that the company has a forecast benchmark of N70 million from advertisements and sales for the 2017 financial year.
In his presentation, the General Manager of Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri, Mr. Tunde Omonode, revealed that the station was able to access N1.5 million out of the N6 million in the 2016 approved budget resulting in low performance of the station.
The General Manager of Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba, Mrs. Evelyn Benitie, on her part, revealed that the station was able to generate N50.082 million in the 2016 financial year.
The Committee Chairman, Hon. Tim Owhefere, who spoke alongside Hon. Emeka Elekeokwuri and Hon. Pat Ajudua, who are members of the committee, stressed the need for ministries to harmonize their budget proposals to ease implementation by the government.