From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
Nasarawa state Commissioner of Finance and Economy Planning Mr. Ayuba Dogora Ayenanjeh has assured people of the state of government’s commitment to ensuring accountability, transparency and prudence in public finance management in full compliance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS).
The commissioner who gave the assurance yesterday while presenting breakdown of the 2018 Budget of “sustainable development” of the state to newsmen in his office in Lafia the state capital.
According to him, “The 2018 appropriation bill of One Hundred and Twenty-Two Billion, Eight Hundred and Twenty Million, Nine hundred and forty-three thousand, two hundred and eighty four Naira (122,820,943,284) only was laid before the Nasarawa State Assembly recently”.
Giving sectorial highlights of the 2018 fiscal year, according to IPSAS guidelines and classified based on the various sectors which include both recurrent and capital expenditure as follows: Administrative sector/legislation N19,75 billion, Pension and gratuity N2.80 billion, information and culture N1.13 billion, Agriculture N2.39 billion, Finance and investment N10.03 billion, works and housing N37.30 billion, water resources and rural development N3.93 billion others include lands and physical planning N7.90 billion, Judicial service commission 0.173 billion, ministry of justice N0.280 billion, High court of justice N3.02 billion as well as education N24.23 billion, health N8.76 billion, Youth and sports developmentN1.08 billion, women affairs and social development N0.235 billion and ministry of environment and solid minerals N1.41 billion respectively.
Mr. Ayenajeh re-echoed that the 2018 budget presented by governor Umaru Tanko Almakura would focus on the completion of all ongoing projects in the state, encouraging and supporting agricultural production, creating conducive environment for informal participation in income generation as well as government will continue to work closely with security operatives to ensure protection of lives and property of the citizens.
He continued “completion of Kwandere-Keffi Road, construction of bridges and culverts across the state, construction of Township roads in Obi, Karu, Wamba, Keana, Toto, Garaku, Akwanga, Doma and amongst others”.
The commissioner who further assured that the 2018 fiscal year will dwell on sustaining the solid socio-economic foundation laid by the administration of governor Almakura since 2011; added that the state government is determined to ensure that all ongoing projects started by the present administration were fully completed and paid for the 2018 fiscal year.
“New projects and programmes that would turn the fortunes of our people for better living and economic prospects will be started and completed within the period of this administration. Government will ensure strict implementation of the programmes and projects enumerated in the appropriation bill”. He maintained.