Shettima signs his last budget as Borno Governor
Gov Shettima signing the 2019 budget flanked from right is the Attorney
general, Assembly speaker, Deputy governor Durkwa and APC
governorship candidate, Babagana Umara (Photo by KPB)
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has today signed the last budget of his administration.
By law, a state governor is empowered by Section 100 subsection 123 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to present an annual budget before the state Assembly, and when passed the governor signs same into law.
A governor is only allowed to carry out such role four times in an administration, except when the need for a supplementary budget arises.
A state governor who is re-elected for a second term has the privilege of signing a state budget for at least eight times; after which he or she has no right to sign any budget in the state.
Speaking shortly after signing the budget passed with a total budget of N144.7 billion, Governor Shettima said he is eternally grateful to the members of the state legislature for standing by him since he assumed office in 2011.
The outgoing governor called on the state Assembly to accord his would-be successor similar support beyond 29th May 2019 when he is due to hand over power.
The speaker Borno state House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, had earlier said the new budget was passed in less than 40 days after it was presented late December, 2018.
He said an increment of N18.9 billion wad added to the original appropriation bill submittted before the House.
According to him, ministries like that of Health, Environment, Reconstruction and education were considered for additional funds, which warranted the increment on the total budget.
The state's attorney general and commissioner for justice, Barrister Kaka-Shehu Lawan, had earlier explained that the budget signing exercise by the governor is sanctioned by Section 100 subsection 123 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.