From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has assented to the 2020 Appropriate Bill of One Hundred and Thirty Eight Billion, One Hundred and Thirty Five Million, Eight Hundred and Thirty One Naira.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu was thankful to the legislature for expeditiously passing the budget in less than one month for its implementation from January to December 2020.
He affirmed the resolve of the incumbent administration in delivering dividends of democracy to the populace.
Governor Bagudu commended the House leadership, Ministries, Agencies, Parastatals and Departments as well as Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning for working together to ensure the quick passage of the budget.
The Governor announced that premium would be placed on returning out-of-school children back to classroom and the take-off of the Federal University of Agriculture Zuru in September 2020, to begin academic activities.
He explained that most of the staff inherited by the Federal Government from the former College of Agriculture Zuru would be retained by the University while others would be absorbed by Kebbi State government.
Presenting the appropriation bill to the governor, the Speaker of the House, Alhaji Sama’ila AbdulMumini Kamba said the original figure of the budget was ratified after budget defence by ministries and agencies, which indicated that it was in line with developmental programmes of the government.
The speaker affirmed the commitment of the legislature to work jointly with the executive arm to hasten the progress of Kebbi State for the mutual benefit of the people.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the State Deputy Governor, Retired Colonel Sama’ila Yombe Dabai, Members of the State House of Assembly, the Secretary to the Government House, Alhaji Babale Umar Yauri, the Head of Service Musa Tanko Magaji, Chief of Staff Government House, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad Argungu Jarman Kabi, Permanent Secretaries and other top government functionaries.