Zulum Proposes 2021 Budget Of ₦208bn
The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday proposed the sum of N208 billion for the 2021 budget with 65% allocated to capital projects while 35% was allocated to recurrent expenditures.
The governor, during his presentation at the state assembly in the capital, Maiduguri on Wednesday, proposed ₦135 billion for capital expenditure, ₦72.7 billion for recurrent expenditure.
Zulum also said the budget will be financed from the statutory allocation as and improved internally generated revenue.
Tagged “the People’s Budget of Recovery and Consolidation” Zulum said the budget aims to lay a foundation for the implementation of a 25-year development plan, recently launched by his administration.
The governor in his sectoral allocations announced ₦15.7 billion for reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of IDPs and refugees, while ₦16.2 billion was allocated to education.
₦11.7 billion was allocated to works for construction and rehabilitation of roads in many parts of the state, which is to include rehabilitation of Damboa – Biu road, Chibok – Askira Road, Jiddari Polo road, Customs Flyover, Dualization of post office to Gwange Grave yard, Dualization of Customs to Muna road, laying of the Maiduguri – Bama road, urban renewal of Askira and Monguno among others.
The governor also announced an allocation of ₦10.4 billion for healthcare projects including construction of an Orthopedic hospital and funding of ongoing Borno State University Teaching Hospital.
₦9.4 billion was allocated to agriculture, ₦5.7 billion to the Borno State Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA) while ₦4.2 billion was allocated to housing and energy for the construction of a new city estate of 500 houses in Maiduguri and shopping complexes in each of the state’s senatorial district.
Other sectors got lower allocations depending on the budget focus.
The governor also announced a plan to support 100,000 farmers on irrigation farming and to expand its reach to all local governments.
Zulum in his review of the 2020 fiscal year recalled few of the projects executed which included the construction of 22 roads including a road network of 43 kilometers with 30 kilometer of drainage, total overlay of 15 kilometers and ongoing overlay of 13.2 kilometers totaling 71.2 kilometers, adding that the first ever flyover in the state was ongoing in Maiduguri.
He also said 33 Healthcare Centers have been built across the state while seven health facilities including general hospitals have been rehabilitated.
Two maternity hospitals according to him, have also been built.