Buni sends N107b budget estimates to House

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Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni on Thursday presented the 2021 Appropriation Bill to the House of Assembly.

He passed N107billion Appropriation Bill to the House for consideration and passage into law.

The governor said the 2021 budget would concentrate on completion of ongoing projects across the state.

“The 2021 budget tagged: ‘Budget of Recovery, Consolidation and Economic Rejuvenation’, is to create an enabling environment for youth’s empowerment.

“It will also accelerate restoration and improvement of livelihood for the citizenry,” he said.

Buni said the 2021 budget has increased by 17.2 per cent or N21 billion over last year’s N86.01 billion Appropriation Bill.

Speaking about the 2021 budget performance, he said: “After reviewing 2020 budget over Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we recorded budget performances of 69.11 per cent.

“Out of N107billion, N63.2billion or 59.5 per cent has been earmarked for recurrent expenditure, while N43.81 billion (40.5%) is earmarked to finance capital expenditure,” the governor said.

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He said the International Cargo Airport, Trailer Park, Potiskum and modern markets under construction in Damaturu, Gashua, Nguru and Potiskum would be completed.

On road infrastructure, he noted that the road projects of Damagum/Gubana and Nguru/Bulanguwa and township roads in Damaturu, Gashua, Geidam, Nguru and Potiskum are to be completed next year, with more roads to be built in the next fiscal year.

“This administration also intends to build additional inter and intra township roads across the state.”

The governor pledged that his administration, through the next budget, would embark on empowerment packages for the realisation of the dreams of youths to achieve economic prosperity.

In the budget, the economic sector has been earmarked to get N54.46 billion, while the social sector will gulp N22.43 billion.

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A breakdown of the budget indicates that Housing and Property Development Ministry took the lion’s share of N8 billion, while the Ministries of Works, Commerce, Industry and Tourism were allocated N7.84 billion and N4.52 billion.

Receiving the budget, Speaker Ahmed Mirwa said it has passed the first reading.

He hailed the smooth working relationship between the executive and the legislature.

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