The proposal is lower by N22.2billion or 22 percent less than last year’s budget.Speaking during the presentation in Damaturu, Gaidam said N37billion or 46% of the budget would go on capital expenditure while N43.5billion or 54% is for recurrent expenditure.The governor said the budget would give his administration the opportunity to implement programmes to transform the state despite serous financial challenges arising from the fall in oil prices. “Nonetheless, we consider it as balanced and realistic. I wish to further emphasise that we have prepared the budget cautiously and responsibly because we believe that the financial situation will improve”, he said.Gaidam said the “Budget of consolidation and continuity” would focus on consolidating multi-sectoral development for the development of the state’s economy. “This we are optimistic will culminate in the attainment of optimum results in fulfilling the yearnings and aspirations of our people.”He added that the budget would also focus on the fight against illiteracy through implementation of the Universal Basic Education Scheme (UBE) including Tsangaya support, giving special focus to secondary and tertiary institutions.The Speaker, Adamu Dala Dogo, commended the governor for instituting reforms in public finance management and the civil service through partnerships with international donor agencies such as the DFID, SAVI, SPARC and others. He promised that the House would give the budget speedy passage to enable government execute its projects.
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