Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday presenting the budget of N170 billion for the 2018 fiscal yearor 2018
The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday presented a budget of N170 billion for the 2018 fiscal year.
The state’s education sector got the highest allocation of N26 billion.
The proposed budget is lower than the current 2017 budget by over N13 billion which represents 7.38 percent reduction.
Mr. Shettima, who presented the budget before the state House of Assembly, christened the new fiscal bill as Budget of Resettlement and Empowerment.
He said the main thrust of the proposed budget would be the welfare of the IDPs especially their resettlement and restoration of their dignity which has been eroded by nearly a decade of ongoing Boko Haram insurgency.
Giving a breakdown of the budget, the capital expenditure takes N108,408, 580, 000 while the recurrent expenditure takes N61, 870, 934,000.
In the sectoral breakdown, the education sector takes the lion share of N26 billion which represents 15 percentage of the total figure.
Agriculture gets N8,064, 745,000, while the health sector, N17, 709 , 860,000. The ministry of Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Resettlement takes N9, 816, 521, 000 while that of Works and Housing got the second highest share of N22, 666, 858,000.
The governor said his administration would focus on massive rural and township road reconstruction in the coming year.
“We are going to make all these projects possible in the first six months of 2018.”
The state attorney general and commissioner for justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan, said the basis for reducing the proposed budget by N13 billion was informed by the imperatives of the state as well as to avoid taking unnecessary loans.
“We want a realistic budget that would be implementable,” he said.
The Speaker of the Borno state House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, commended the state government for implementing the 2017 budget significantly even as he promised a speedy passage of the budget to enable the government commence it’s new financial year on time
A former aspirant for House
of Reps and Special Assistant to Governor Kashim Shettima, Honorable Yusuf
Sawa, had on Thursday attracted general commendation amongst supporters of the ruling
All Progressives Congress (APC) for donating 1, 250 pieces of wrappers to
support Governor Kashim Shettima and the party’s candidate, Professor Babagana
Umara Zulum’s 2019 ambitions. Sawa, a popular youthful politician
from Gwoza local government, had shocked Governor Kashim Shettima when he
stormed the premises of Government House Maiduguri with a pickup van filled
with brand new assorted wrappers all in donation to his party’s candidates. Presenting them as his campaign
support for the candidacies of Mr. Shettima, Professor Zulum, as well as other candidates
of the APC from Gwoza local government area, Mr. Sawa who was once a former vice
chairman of Gwoza local government said his gesture was driven by his love for
governor Shettima and the perfect choice of Professor Zulum as his su…
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The convoy of Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, and his party's flag bearer, Professor Babagana Umara, was on the way to Ngala, a border town, 140km away from Maiduguri, where they hoped to convince voters there to vote for their popular party come Saturday election.
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But the convoy insisted on proceeding. After a heated argument, the politicians proved they know the terrain better than the soldiers and they couldn't afford to go back to Maidugur…