From Mika’il Tsoho- Dutse
The Jigawa State |Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Badaru , yesterday presented N156.5 billion as an appropriation bill to the Jigawa State House of Assembly for 2021 fiscal year.
The proposed budget is higher than the 2020 original and revised budgets with 2.4 percent and 29 per cent respectively.
The Governor who tagged the appropriation bill as “Budget of Sustained Economic Growth and Social Transformation – Meeting the Next Level Agenda II” added that the opening balance from 2020 is N9.75 billion.
Badaru explained that the total provisions for recurrent and capital expenditure is about N78.25 billion, equivalent to almost 50% of the total budget.
“Almost 50% of the total proposed budgetary provisions are earmarked to the two most critical human development sectors namely education and health,” he said.
The governor noted that the education sector accounts for 36.4%, of the total budget, while the health sector allocations amount to about 13.5%.
He stated that the consolidated income and expenditure positions of the 27 Local Governments is about N71.83 billion which is about 5% over the 2020 original consolidated approved estimates of about N68.32 Billion.
In his remarks after receiving the budget, the Speaker Jigawa state House of Assembly, Idris Garba Jahun, said the current budget has achieved about 90% implementation.
He therefore assured of speedy passage of the budget for people of Jigawa to continue enjoying the dividend of democracy.