Government & Politics

El-Rufai Presents N155b Budget To Kaduna Assembly For The 2019 Fiscal Year

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i has presented a budget of N155.8 billion to the House of Assembly for the 2019 fiscal year.

The recurrent expenditure is N62.3 billion and capital expenditure is N93.5 billion.

The “Budget of Continuity” allocates 42.8 per cent to the social sector, 27.15 to education and 15.02 to health in line with the demands of United Nations agencies.

Although the budget is about 28 per cent lesser than last year’s N216.65 billion, El-Rufai pledged his administration will complete all projects and pay its contractual obligations before end of the year.

His word: “The proposed 2019 budget size is N155,865,339,539.77, with recurrent expenditure of N62,339,040,309.19 (40 per cent) and capital expenditure of N93,526,299,230.58 (60 per cent).

“The 2019 budget keeps faith with our commitment to human capital development through investments in the social sector which takes 42.8 per cent of the budget. Social sector spending is mainly on education (27.15 per cent) and health (15.02 per cent).

“Mr. Speaker, we will strive to complete every project we started in each of our 23 councils, and pay the contractors we have commissioned to work for us. We will continue to cut the cost of government and ensure that our people are the ultimate beneficiaries of public resources.”

Speaker Aminu Abdullahi Shagali praised the government for ensuring Kaduna is more sustainable.

He said: “We are proud of the direction your government is taking. It is a tough time but our government has achieved a lot in making the state stronger and protecting the vulnerable. We will begin work immediately to pass the bill.”

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani-Belo yesterday sent a proposed supplementary budget of N10.2 billion to the House of Assembly.

According to him, the budget became necessary due to the expected inflow of N10.2 billion from sources outside the approved 2018 recurrent revenue.

He explained that the budget has been earmarked to augment the shortfall on 2018 approved capital expenditure of N81 billion.

Speaker Ahmed Marafa, who read the governor’s letter at plenary, said with the proposed supplementary budget, and the approved budget of N134.2 billion, the 2018 budget size will translate to N144.49 billion.

In another letter, the governor informed the House of the revision of 2018 budget, citing the need to refocus direction towards some emerging issues not envisaged during the preparation of the 2018 budget.

“The revised budget entails a reordering of the approved 2018 budget allocations geared towards addressing emerging issues that are of greater priority to the government while maintaining the 2018 approved revenue. The 2018 approved budget of N134.2 billion stands and it is not affected,” the letter said.

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