Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, on Wednesday, presented to the state’s House of Assembly the sum of N219, 655, 217, 786 as the budget proposal for the 2019 Fiscal year.
The motion for the budget presentation was moved by the majority leader of the house, Baffa Dan-agundi, a member representing Municipal Constituency and seconded by Abubakar Zakari, a member representing Tarauni Local Government constituency.
Speaking before the house, Mr Ganduje said the budget, tagged ‘Budget of Sustainable Development’, was designed to attain the socioeconomic well-being of the people of the state, in line with his administration’s agenda.
He revealed that out of the total sum, N134, 605, 152,619 has been proposed for capital expenditure, while N85, 590, 65, 167 has been estimated for recurrent expenditure.
He explained that the government had proposed the sum of N156, 761,637, 94.7 for recurrent revenue, and the amount consists of N45 billion as Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, while N101, 761,637,947 for revenue from the federation account for the fiscal year.
The governor further explained that the proposed capital expenditure for the 2019 budget was lower than that of 2018 by N134, 65, 152, 619.
“Mr Speaker, I am presenting the N219, 655,217,786 budget proposal for 2019 fiscal year before this noble house. This budget, tagged, ‘Budget of Sustainable Development’, was designed to attain the agenda of this administration, which focuses on the socioeconomic well-being of the good people of Kano State.
“The budget was designed for completion of ongoing projects, such as Karkara Salamu Alaikum, Lungu Kal-kal, empowerment programmes, agricultural development, education and health development among others,” Mr Ganduje said.
The governor, therefore, called on the people of the state to give maximum cooperation to his administration in a bid to actualise its cardinal principle of service to the people.
However, DAILY NIGERIAN observed that the state’s Ministry of Works got the largest share of the budget with the sum of N38. 31 billion, while Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development followed it with N24 billion.
The ministry of Education got the estimate of N18 billion, as the N2.5 billion was proposed to the state health ministry.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Kabiru Rurum, expressed the Assembly’s readiness to ensure speedy passage of the budget into law.
“We will also cooperate with the state executive arm of government to ensure effective actualisation of the budget for the development of our dear state,” said the speaker.