Ahmed disclosed this while signing the 2015 Appropriation Bill of N122bn into law in his office.
He said he would continue to accord priority to youth empowerment and entrepreneurship because they offer the most reliable means of uplifting the lives of the people.
According to him, the fact that youths constitute more than 60 percent of the population makes it imperative to focus on employment and entrepreneurship in order to create prosperity for the greatest number of the people.
Government, he said, has outlined plans to cater for the interest of all groups as well as ensure even development in the state under its Shared Prosperity programme
Ahmed commended the Speaker, principal officers and members of the State House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the bill and pledged to ensure optimum implementation of the budget provisions.
Explaining the upward review of the budget to N122.4b from the earlier proposed N119.8b, Ahmed said the increase was to accommodate an additional N2b as funding for the expanded Micro Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Scheme under which 50, 000 small business owners have so far received a total of N1b in revolving credit.
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