From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has presented the sum of N151.6 billion to the state House of Assembly for the 2018 fiscal year.
The budget which has N108 billion for capital projects also has N43.9 billion for recurrent expenditures.
AThe governor while reading the budget at the floor of the house did not give a breakdown of how each sector would get its allocation which would prepare them for the task ahead.
He, however, stated that the state government want a situation where everybody will realised his dream.
He hinted that to this direction, a task force has been set up on non oil sectors to cater for production and preservation of crops such as onion, soya bean, sesame seed, ginger and bambara nut for exports.
Senator Bagudu told the Assembly that his administration will harmonise the pastoralists/ farmers relationship across the state adding that the government will establish 1,000 pastoral settlements with provision of water and feeds.
He intimated the House that the state government has also signed an agreement with the NNPC to commence the production of ethanol fuel using cane sugar and cassava that are in abundant in the state.
“This government has also entered into a $1.6 billion MOU with a Malaysia company which will go into production of bio fuel, pointing out that all these steps taken would invariably provide jobs for the teeming youths,” he added.