Western Bahr el Ghazal State Governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan. [Gurtong| File]
By James Deng Dimo
WAU, 20 September 2012 [Gurtong] – National Finance, Trade and Industry Minister Kosti Manibe had indicated that the state was not affected by the transfer allocation budget cuts that were announced as part of the austerity measures.
The Western Bahr el Ghazal state budget allocation was officially rejected by the all state assembly members as they considered it to be less compared to the state population and needs.
Members of Parliament in the Western Bahr el Ghazal state in September criticised the national government Minister of Finance for not recognising their state as one of the capital for the Greater Bahr el Ghazal states which serves Warrap, Lakes and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states in terms health and other services.
The Finance Ministry based their budget allocation on the 2008 population census but the state government said that there has been an increase in population following the return of thousands of citizens from Sudan.
State Governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan protested over the statement that the states allocation transfer budget was not affected by the house allowances cuts.
Hassan regrets that civil servants received fewer salaries in July as a result of the cuts which affected the Western Bahr el Ghazal State.
He promised to send a delegation comprised of assembly members to the national finance ministry to find out on the state of the allocated budget.