Niger State Gov. Presents 108bn Naira Budget For 2017

Niger State Gov. Presents 108bn Naira Budget For 2017The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has presented 2017 fiscal year budget proposal of over 108 billion Naira to the state House of Assembly for passage.

The budget tagged ‘Budget of Consolidation’ is N22.9 billion and 21.27% more than the 2016 budget.

Governor Bello, while presenting the budget to the members of the state House of Assembly on Friday, said that the proposed budget comprises of a recurrent expenditure of N48,047,960,278 which is 44.45% of the budget and Capital Expenditure of N60,026,337,973 which is 55.55% of the budget size.

The Governor stated that the budget would be generated through Statutory Allocation of N50,695,206,724, Value Added Tax (VAT) of N8,793,474,040, Internally Generated Revenue of N12,403,874,117, Paris Club loan N13,400,000,000 and Capital Receipts of N22,781,770,379.

He further said that the budget would focus on Youth and Women Empowerment as they constitute a large part of the population; completion of projects; enhancement of IGR; re-introduction of teachers’ colleges; transformation of education and development of waterworks.

The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ahmed Marafa, in his remark, said that the lawmakers would ensure the passage of the bill in a shortest possible time and would intensify effort in monitoring the 2017 budget performance so as to provide social amenities to the people in the state.

The Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Jonathan Vatsa,  while reacting to the budget presented by the Governor to the state House of Assembly, says that the Governor has good intentions for the people of the state focusing on youths and women empowerment and re-introduction of teachers colleges, transformation of education in the state.

Insecurity: Abdulsalami Abubakar Calls For Dialogue

Abdulsalami-AbubakaNigeria’s former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), believes that lasting peace can return to the country with dialogue between government and various insurgency groups including the Niger Delta Avengers militant group.

Abubakar stated this on Tuesday when he received members of the Niger State House of Assembly who visited his residence to wish him a happy birthday.

He lamented that Nigerians were suffering unduly because of the actions of various insurgents including the Boko Haram, Avengers and Biafra agitators.

“All we need to do is to sit down in a round table and discuss this problem. Even if you fight a war and win you must come and sit down with the people you conquered.

“What is Boko Haram?  Nobody knows what they want. The Avengers are now out, what are they avenging?“, he asked.

He stated the need for the Avengers to understand that they are destroying their own land while oil production had dropped to lowest level in decades.

He cautioned that the constant blow up of oil pipelines by the Niger Delta Avengers would ultimately affect the 13% derivation to the region due to a sharp decline in oil revenue.

In addition, Gen. Abubakar said that the activities of the militants could also lead to a drop in the funding of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) while much harm is done to land and aquatic lives of the region.

“I hope that they will come back to their senses and let us try to give this country peace. We do not deserve what we are going through.

“We need peace and I am begging everybody in the spirit of Ramadan, whatever religion everybody is following. Please let us give peace a chance”, he pleaded.

In his remark the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Ahmed Marafa, expressed gratitude to God for using the former head of state to restore democracy to the country.

He described General Abubakar as an illustrious son of the state whose counsel has guided the Assembly in its efforts to deliver good governance in the interest of the people.

Governor Bello Promises Full Implementation Of Budget

Governor BelloNiger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, on Tuesday promised to ensure full implementation of the state’s 2016 Appropriation tagged ‘Budget of Restoration’.

He signed into law the sum of N85.09 billion as against the N74.74 billion he presented to the State House of Assembly in December 31, 2015.

The breakdown showed that N43.66 billion was voted for capital expenditure while N41.3 billion is allotted to recurrent expenditure.

Presenting copies of the bill to the Governor in his office in Minna, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Marafa, said that the House painstakingly and thoroughly looked into all the submission of the executive to ensure that the financial working document of the state meets the yearning of the masses.

He told the Governor that the budget was slightly altered and increased by N10 billion to accommodate critical areas and to meet the restoration agenda of the state government.

The Speaker, who was accompanied by members of the House assured the people of the state that through its oversight functions, the lawmakers would ensure 98 percent implementation of the budget.

The Governor commended the patriotism of the legislators in the passage of the appropriation bill and assured them that the preparation of the 2017 budget will start in earnest to forestall delay.

“Though the Speaker proposed budget implementation at 98 percent, I want to say that we shall work towards full implementation of the budget,” the Governor assured.