From Ahmed Kaigama Bauchi
The Bauchi state government has given education and health sectors top priorities in the 2018 fiscal year , with the allocation of 18 per cent and 15 per cent respectively to the sectors in the 2018 proposed budget of N167.9 billion.
The Permanent Secretary of the State Planning Commission, Yahuza Adamu Haruna.stated this at 2018 budget breakdown in Bauchi.
He said “18.8% which amount to N31,579 696,627 to education sector and 15.23% which amount to the sum of N25,574,001,643 allocated to the Health sector in the 2018 proposed budget of N167,957,420 800.”
Yauza said 2018 budget was basically focused on the 6 priority area of the present administration which includes Health, Agriculture, Education, Sanitation and Water Supply, Youth and Women Empowerment and Infrastructural Development.
Haruna reiterated that education is another area of critical importance to the state government saying that is why the Government is allocating the sum of N31, 579,696,627 representing 18.80%.
He said that the intervention that will be carried out in the education sector includes renovation and reconstruction of a lot of primary and secondary schools, training and retraining of staff, provisional of equipment and construction of ICT centers among others.
“Because of the intervention in this sector, the numbers of students that passed the national exams rose from 3.37% in 2015 to 17% in 2016 and 27% in 2017,” Haruna said
He said the planned interventions in the health sector in 2018 includes continue the implementing of the five-health point agenda and establishment of state health care insurance agency.
Others includes provision of 1% of the entire state Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for Basic Health Care Delivery, fulfilling all national and international health partnership agreements as well as implementing of the National Policy guidelines for primary health care under one roof.
The permanent secretary explained that the budget christened “Budget of Consolidation” is investing massively in Infrastructure revolution as well as human capital development.