From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Wednesday presented N219, 655, 217, 756 2019 appropriation bill tagged “Budget of Sustainable Development” to Kano state House of Assembly, laying emphasis on infrastructural development which has the highest allocation of N38.31 billion.
The AUTHORITY reports that the 2019 budget of sustainable development is lower than 2018 budget of N246, 608, 850, 598.
Ganduje noted that, “with a budget size of N246, 608,850,598. 00, the 2018 budget sought to boost agriculture, health, water supply and other sectors of the economy, which had direct bearing on infrastructural growth and job creation in the State.
“The 2018 budget also remained consistent to propel the overall socio-economic development machinery of the state. The budget had a total Recurrent Expenditure of N83, 426,412,503.00, while Capital Expenditure had N163, 182,438,095.00 allocations.”
He pointed out that, “the 2019 budget is designed to attain the agenda of this administration to the overall objective of developing the state and improving the wellbeing of the people.
“The objectives of the budget are efficient and effective public spending through public financial management process; to continue synergy and cooperation with the various stakeholders in the state.”
He added that, “the target of the budget is to ensure transparency and accountability and to continue with process of participatory budgeting.”
According to him, “with due consultations with relevant stakeholders within and outside the public service, we are proposing an aggregate ,budget of N219, 655, 217, 756 for the year 2019.
“Out of this amount, the sum of N134, 0 65, 152, 619 is dedicated for capital expenditure, while the sum of N85, 590, 65, 167 is for recurrent expenditure.”
Highlighting on the policies and detailed budget allocations, Ganduje said, “the total projected recurrent revenue for the year 2019 is estimated at the sum of N156, 761, 637, 947 which consist of N45 billion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and N101, 761, 637, 947 as revenue from federation account.
“The total recurrent revenue is higher than that of the year 2018 by N11, 801, 941.73 representing 12 per cent.
“The proposed capital expenditure for the 2019 fiscal year is N134, 065, 152, 619 which is lower than that of 2018 by N29, 117,285, 476 as it is to be financed by N71, 171, 572, 780 expected recurrent revenue surplus and total capital receipts of N62, 893, 579, 839.
“The capital receipt is made up of N28, 017, 500, 000 as expected internal and external loans. N32, 422, 885, 355 is estimated grants. N1. 925 billion miscellaneous receipts and treasury opening balance of N530, 194, 484.”
Ganduje further stated that, “the focus of the 2019 budget will be on completing on-going projects in health, education, rural roads, power, water and agriculture and other critical infrastructure.”
The Ministry of Water Resources got N26.4 billion; agriculture, N9.4 billion; education, N18 billion; environment, N3 billion; health, N2.5 billion; rural development, N2 billion, commerce and industry, N1.6 billion; security and justice, N2.8 billion; women and social development, N861 million; and general administration, N7.8 billion.
Presenting the budget, Ganduje noted that, “I have presented this Budget of sustainable development to this Honourable House, I wish to appeal on all the House Members, Public Servants, and actors in the private sector and Civil Society Organizations, to play their respective roles towards its successful implementation for a better Kano.”
Speaking after receiving the proposed budget, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, assured Ganduje that the budget was at home and in a safe hand, promising that the House will work tirelessly to ensure smooth and speedy deliberations.
He said the House has already concluded arrangements for public hearing on the proposed budget, urging stakeholders, civil society organizations and citizens to feel free to approach the House anytime for advice and inputs.
Speaker Rurum, however, commended Ganduje for his giant strides in women and youth empowerment, construction of multi-billion Naira skills acquisition centre, construction of Dangi Round-about underpass, Bukavu Barracks under pass, Madobi/Panshekara under-pass, as well as completion of the Sabon Gari long flyover, among other projects, which the Speaker agreed are having positive impacts on the lives of the people.