Kaduna Lawmakers Passes N214bn Budget Into Law Less than 60 Days
The Kaduna State house of Assemly yesterday passed the 2017 Budget into law three weeks earlier than it did last year.
The lawmakers approved a total 2017 Budget size of N214.921 billion, up from the N172bn approved for 2016. This is made up of Recurrent expenditure of N83.46bn and capital spending ofN131.45 bn. The budget ratio is 61:39 in favour of capital.
The state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai had presented the draft budget of Jobs, Social Justice and Equity to the House of Assembly on 12th October 2016.
Commending the lawmakers for their effort in scrutinizing the draft budget, the governor noted that the lawmakers approved a budget that is N1bn lower than the draft estimates. “We are proud of the Kaduna State House of Assembly for not padding or inflating the budget,’’ the governor said, praising the diligence brought to the budget work.
The draft budget size was N215bn, set at expansionary levels to help drive recovery amidst recession. Its capital to recurrent ratio was 60:40.
Education, Infrastructure and Health got the biggest budgetary allocations. Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, commissioner for Budget and Planning, explained the sectoral allocations: Education (N44.84bn), Health (N10.49bn), Water (N8.6bn), Infrastructure (N24.50bn) and Agriculture (N4.6bn). These confirm the government’s strong commitment to pro-poor programmes and to the provision offacilities to attract job-creatinginvestments to the state.
Speaking at the presentation of the draft estimates, Malam El-Rufai explained why Kaduna State chose an expansionary budget. “We are convinced that the pursuit of economic recovery must now be a national focus. Even with the limited influence any of the 36 states can alone exert on our national economic fortune, we can encourage some buoyancy in each of our states and collectively support the effort of the Federal Government to secure economic recovery. Moments of recession have an outsized adverse effect on the most vulnerable and we must not let it persist.”
“Therefore, we reinforce our commitment to social justice by retaining high levels of spending on our social programmes. Social justice obliges us to sustain investments in Education, Health, Infrastructure and Social Development,” he said.
Based on the lessons learnt from the 2016 Budget, the government is strengthening implementation and monitoring mechanisms, including the establishment of a Result Delivery Unit.
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