The Senior Special Adviser to Abia State Governor on Due Process, Dr Oluebube Chukwu, has described the 2024 Abia Budget which has been passed into Law by the State House of Assembly, as a reflection of Gov Alex Otti administration’s commitment to infrastructure development. He therefore commended Otti for prioritising infrastructure and social welfare of the people in the 2024 budget. Chukwu, who spoke with newsmen I’m Umuahia, said the budget totalling N567,240,095,972 reflects the present administration’s commitment to addressing pressing needs and fostering sustainable growth in the state. Describing the budget as a display of fiscal prudence and visionary governance, Chukwu said it has the potential to usher in unprecedented development and prosperity for the people of Abia. He noted that the proposed pay rise for civil servants in the state as contained in the budget, was a testament to Governor Otti’s recognition of the challenges posed by the current economic realities Chukwu emphasized that by making provisions for increased wages in the budget, the present administration has displayed a genuine commitment to the welfare, dedication of it’s workforce and their contribution to the state’s progress. “The dedication of over 20% and 15% of the budget to education and health, respectively, underscores the government’s prioritisation of the social sector. This move aligns with the vision of Governor Otti’s administration in ensuring access to quality education and healthcare services for the citizens.” Chukwu was of the view that Governor Otti’s transparency initiative which was highlighted by the creation of a monitoring system for citizens and stakeholders to track project implementation, was a commendable step towards ensuring accountability and inclusive governance. He expressed delight in the Governor’s assurance that all borrowings in the fiscal year will be strictly dedicated to capital development projects, particularly in roads, schools, and medical facilities, he said showed a responsible approach to debt management. Chukwu said he had no doubt that the budget as passed by the Abia Assembly, would serve as the tonic to propel Abia to the next level of development.