PHOTOS: Bauchi Govt Budgets N167bn For 2020

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, presents the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly on December 10, 2019.

 

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill of over N167 billion to members of the State House of Assembly.

A breakdown of the estimate shows that capital expenditure gulps 57 per cent of the budget while recurrent expenditure represents 43 per cent.

The bill tagged “Budget of Renewal of Hope,” is less than the figure proposed in the last two previous years.

Education has the lion’s share with over N26 billion representing 16.10 per cent, closely followed by the health sector with a proposal of over N25 billion representing 15.41 per cent.

In his presentation, Governor Mohammed explained that the idea of the reduction was to avoid an overly ambitious budget that does not achieve implementation goals.

He listed the areas of priority in the budget as health, education, agriculture, job creation, women and youth development, as well as poverty reduction and community development.

See more photos of the budget presentation below:

Education Get Highest Allocation As Gombe Budgets N130.668bn

Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, presents the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly on December 9, 2019.

 

 

Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has proposed a total of N130,668,737,593.48 tagged ‘Budget of Change’ for the 2020 fiscal year in the state.

He presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly during plenary on Monday in Gombe.

In his remarks, the governor informed the lawmakers that his administration intended to spend over N59 billion and N71 billion on recurrent and capital expenditure respectively.

This, according to him, represents a shift in the government’s approach to the welfare of the people and the development of the state.

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Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, presents the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly on December 9, 2019.

 

Governor Inuwa explained that some of the key areas the government would focus on included agriculture, education, water, youth and women development.

He disclosed that education gulped the highest allocation followed by infrastructure, as well as health making the central focus on capital expenditure.

In his response, the Speaker of the House, Sadiq Abubakar, assured the governor that the lawmakers would pass the appropriation bill as soon as possible to ensure the people of Gombe enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Speaker of Gombe State House of Assembly, Sadiq Abubakar.

Reps Pass N10.59tn 2020 Budget

 

 

The House of Representatives has passed the 2020 budget of 10,594,362,364,830 naira.

During plenary on Thursday, the lawmakers insisted that the budget will run from 1st January to 31st December 2020, thereby returning the country to the January to December budget cycle.

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In the budget, the ministry of works gets the highest capital allocation of 315,563,564,269 while education gets a capital budget of 84,728,529,572.

The health sector follows closely with a capital budget of 59,909,430,837.

The national assembly also increased its budget from 125 billion to 128 billion.

Senate Passes 2020 Budget

 

 

The Senate on Thursday passed the 2020 Appropriation Bill. 

In passing the budget, the lawmakers increased the total sum from N10.330,416,607 to N10.594,362,364.

The Senate also increased the benchmark price of crude from 55$ to 57$, however, the exchange rate at N305 to 1$ was retained.

Senator Ibrahim Jibrin, the chairman committee on appropriations explained that budget figure was increased to allow for interventions in critical areas of national security, road infrastructure, health, social needs, water as well as mines and steel development.

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan had announced on Wednesday that the 2020 Appropriation bill before the parliament will be passed today the 5th of December.

He informed lawmakers at plenary shortly after the Public Procurement Act 2007 amendment bills were passed, which he believes, will complement the 2020 budget.

According to Lawan, the Public Procurement bill passed by the upper chamber is the icing on the cake on the eventual passage of the 2020 budget.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Shuaibu Isah Lau (PDP, Taraba North), in his presentation, said: “certain amendments were made on the bills to encapsulate the ingredients of the varied views collated from experts and professionals, aimed at adding value to the Procurement Act.”

The Senate, in a clause-by-clause consideration of the bill, adopted the recommendations of the committee with slight amendments made to Section 1 under the Establishment of National Council on Public Procurement.

The Senate also adopted the committee’s recommendation on the issuance of Certificate of No Objection which shall be issued by a Committee of Directors of the Bureau to the chaired by the Director-General of the Public Procurement Bureau.

“The public procurement process in Nigeria has been a big bottleneck for some time, probably since it was passed.

“I believe that with this amendment, the procurement process will be faster and better, as will be the budget implementation process.

“Surely, this bill will have to go to the House of Representatives for them to concur.

Similarly, the upper chamber considered the recommendation of the committee to review upwards the mobilization fee from 15 percent to 20 percent for local contractors as insufficient.

Accordingly, Section 35 of the Act was amended to provide for not more than thirty percent mobilization for local contractors.

The amendment for an upward review of thirty-five percent mobilization for local contractors was initially proposed by Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano North) and seconded by Ibikunle Amosun (APC, Ogun Central).

The Senate, however, settled for a thirty-percent review moved by Senator Abba Moro (PDP, Benue South) and seconded by Senator Rose Oko (PDP, Cross River North).

House Of Reps Increases 2020 Budget To N10.6tn

 

 

The House of Representatives has increased the 2020 Appropriation Bill from N10.33 trillion to about N10.6 trillion.

The new figure was proposed by the House Committee on Finance at plenary on Wednesday.

Below is the report breakdown as presented by the Senate Committee.

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A Bill for an Act to authorize the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation the total sum of N10,594,362,364,830 (Ten Trillion, Five Hundred and Ninety-Four Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty – Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixty – Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty Naira)only, of which N 560,470,827,235 (Five Hundred and Sixty Billion, Four Hundred and Seventy Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty-Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Thirty – Five Naira) only, is for Statutory Transfers, N 2,725,498,930,000 (Two Trillion, Seven Hundred and Twenty – Five Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety-Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Naira) only, is for Debt Service, N 4,842,974,600,640 (Four Trillion, Eight Hundred and Forty – Two Billion, Nine Hundred and Seventy-Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty Naira) only, is for Recurrent (Non-Debt) Expenditure while the sum of N 2,465,418,006,955 (Two Trillion, Four Hundred and Six – Five Billion, Four Hundred and Eighteen Million, Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty – Five Naira) only, is for contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure for the year ending on 31 day of December, 2020 (Referred: 10/10/2019).

President Muhammadu Buhari had on October 8, 2019, presented the appropriation bill to a joint session of the National Assembly.

There are plans by the National Assembly to pass the bill before Christmas, as to reset the nation’s budget pattern.

Cross River Govt Proposes N1.1 Trillion Budget For 2020

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The Cross-River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has presented an appropriation bill of N1.1 trillion, for the 2020 fiscal year.

Tagged ‘Budget of Olipotic Meristemasis’ Governor Ayade disclosed that the budget has a capital expenditure of N911 billion representing 82.8 per cent and a recurrent expenditure of N188 billion, representing 17.2 per cent of the budget.

Speaking at the Chambers of the Cross-River State House of Assembly, Ayade described the budget as one that is anchored on a belief “in the spiritual force which is the third energy.”

While explaining that meristemasis is the active cell that stimulates growth in a young plant, which in this case, represents the state, he pointed out that, “the budget will catalyse into existence a great opportunity for everyone to put their hands and legs on the pedal and fill it off”.

He said the decision to allocate 82.8 per cent of the budget to capital expenditure, was indicative of our aggressive commitment that will continue to reduce recurrent expenditure and focus on capital expenditure.

8th National Assembly Sometimes Keeps Budget For Seven Months – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari meets with the Conference of Speakers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on November 21, 2019.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says the leadership of the 8th National Assembly sometimes kept the budget for months after presentation before passing it.

He disclosed this to the Conference of Speakers who visited him on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“The 8th National Assembly sometimes kept the budget for seven months and I had to call the Senate President and the Speaker then.

“I told them by delaying passage of the budget, you are not hurting Buhari, but the people” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

He decried that the delay persisted in spite of his efforts to seek more understanding from the former leaders of the Assembly.

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President Buhari urged lawmakers in the country to always place the interest of the people first in all deliberations and negotiations.

He said the autonomy of state legislatures has been constrained by the Constitution, adding that the laws of the land have upheld the standard for all public officers and institutional operations.

According to the President, the Constitution must be adhered to or altered to reflect some dynamics and realities of the country.

“I try as much as I can to always be loyal and obedient to the Constitution so long as it is humanly possible,” he said.

President Buhari also gave assurance that his administration would keep pursuing the prosperity of all Nigerians by creating more jobs for the people, and plugging the weaknesses exploited by many to make quick money.

He added that he would ensure equity and fairness that put the ordinary Nigerian on top priority, as well as continue to focus on health, education, infrastructure and improving lives through social intervention programmes.

The President said, “We have in the last four years dedicated significant resources to key social services sectors especially in health, education, as well as our massive social investment programmes.

“We have also started restoring our infrastructure to levels that this country expects. I also want to assure you that we remain committed to ensuring that equity and fairness prevail in governance.”

“I will ensure that we consult your conference to further enhance the positive impact of our interventions across the country,” he told the Speakers.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, commended the President for the fight against corruption and insurgency, and efforts to ensure financial autonomy for the legislature and judiciary.

He, however, said the legislatures would be further pleased if the President issues an executive order directing the Accountant General of the Federation to separate funds for the state legislature and judiciary at the source.

Obasa also urged the President to consider supporting the devolution of powers to states on some issues on the exclusive list, such as railway and the police for more effective governance.

Opposition Reps Insist On Thorough Scrutiny Of 2020 Budget

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led opposition in the House of Representatives at the weekend, picked  holes in the N10.33 trillion 2020 budget, insisting that the annual estimate will be subjected to thorough legislative scrutiny to ensure that it reflects the general aspiration of over 200 million Nigerians.

Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, in a statement on Sunday maintained that though the House had resolved to pass the budget before the end of the year, the details, particularly the capital expenditure items and implementation modules must meet the yearning of Nigerians before the budget is passed into law.

The Minority Leader noted that the opposition “recognizes the fact that Nigerians look up to them to protect their interest on critical issues that directly affects their lives, particularly on budget planning and implementation in key sectors.”

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Consequently, the opposition assures that the details of the N2.46 trillion capital budget must be dissected and adjusted accordingly, to ensure that critical needs of Nigerians are adequately accommodated, as well as to plug waste and eliminate budgetary corruption at every stage.

According to the Minority Leader, “Given the sorry state of our infrastructure, the opposition must ensure that the votes earmarked by Mr. President for the rehabilitation of roads, power infrastructure, health services, agriculture, water resources, education, among other critical sectors are thoroughly scrutinized to guarantee full implementation as well as reflect the federal character principle across board”.

The minority leadership frowned at reports that certain committees barred the media from covering their budget defence sessions.

The Minority Leader insisted that budget defence must be in the open and more so, transparent, so that Nigerians are fully carried along in all the processes leading to budgetary decisions in all critical sectors

The minority leadership has therefore directed all opposition members in various committees to ensure strict compliance with the democratic principles of transparency, accountability and prudence in the budget planning as well as in the implementation oversight of both the capital and recurrent components.

The opposition further guaranteed that it is poised to fully monitor the implementation of special intervention funds for the unemployed as well as the welfare of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East and other parts of the country to ensure that the money is not diverted as witnessed in the past under a former Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF).

Furthermore, the minority leadership assured that the opposition will take critical look at all revenue projections from Value Added Tax (VAT) and other tax regimes so as to ensure equity and fairness as well as to guarantee that the masses are not overburdened in the process.

Senate Rejects Budget For Niger Delta Ministry

 

The Senate Committee on Niger Delta has rejected the 2020 capital budget of the ministry over the non completion of major projects in the region.

At the ministry’s budget defense session in the national assembly, committee members expressed dissatisfaction over many abandoned projects across the Niger delta states.

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The displeasure over unfinished projects in the region was disclosed by the Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi, when the Minister, Godswill Akpabio appeared before the committee to defend the ministry’s budget of N25, 910,486,285.

Senator Nwaboshi stated that there is no state within the Niger Delta which does not have abandoned projects that should have been completed before now.

El-Rufai Presents N257.9bn 2020 Budget To Kaduna Assembly

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Photo: Twitter.

 

 

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has presented a budget proposal of N257.9 billion for the 2020 fiscal year.

The state deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, submitted the appropriation bill on behalf of the governor to members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly on Tuesday in the state capital.

The document tagged ‘Budget of Progressive Renewal’, has N190.04 billion capital expenditure and N68.87 billion recurrent spending.

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According to the deputy governor, the appropriation bill is in the ratio of 73.7 per cent to 26.3 per cent representing capital and recurrent spending respectively.

She explained that this was in line with the present administration’s agenda of spending more on serving the people than in running the government.

Balarabe informed the lawmakers that the priority of the budget was to complete all 2019 projects and pay all contractors who have worked for the state government.

She added that most of the spending would be in the economic and social sectors, with N140 billion allocated to education, health, and infrastructure.

In the budget estimate, education got the highest allocation of N64.64 billion (25.07%), while health has N39.61 billion (15.36%) and infrastructure got N66.34 billion (25.72%).

The deputy governor disclosed that the government has declared 12 years of free and compulsory primary and secondary education for all children in Kaduna, as part of efforts to eradicate illiteracy and poverty in the state.

She announced that the government would complete the renovation of more primary schools and extend the building of more classrooms, including multi-storey blocks to address congestion and land availability constraints in urban centres.

Balarabe informed the lawmakers that the state government has recorded a significant achievement in the construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of state roads, as well as making significant investments in health and education infrastructure, equipment, and staffing.

In his remark, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Aminu Shagali, commended Governor El-Rufai for the timely presentation of the budget.

He gave assurance that the House would continue to give its support towards ensuring progress, peace, and development of the state.

Since the inception of the present administration in 2015, the El-Rufai administration has sustained a tradition of presenting the yearly budget in a good time, usually in October.

The presentation of the 2020 budget proposal is quite different because it is the first time a state deputy governor is saddled with the onerous responsibility of presenting a budget to the Assembly in the country.

Budget For Education Is Not Encouraging, Senators Decry

A file photo of lawmakers in the Senate Chamber.

 

 

The lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom South district, Senator Eyakenyi Etim, has faulted the amount of fund allocated to the education sector in the budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year.

She described the money as “not encouraging” during Thursday’s plenary on the second day of debate on the 2020 Budget estimates in the Senate chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Senator Etim noted that while the executive and parliamentary “have the best of leadership”, the country must improve education if it wants to grow.

Her colleague from Oyo South district, Senator Kola Balogun, supported the lawmaker’s position and called for better funding of the sector.

The Senate confirmed the positions of the lawmakers on its Twitter handle:

Budget 2020: 10 Food Items Exempted From VAT

 

The Value Added Tax (VAT) Act in Nigeria exempts pharmaceuticals, educational items, and basic commodities.

President muhammadu while presenting the 2020 budget at the National Assembly on Tuesday, stated that VAT exemptions are expanding under the Finance Bill, 2019.

He noted specifically that section 46 of the Finance Bill, 2019 expands the exempt items to include some more items including food.

Below are some of the items that are exempted from the VAT act.

a. Brown and white bread;

b. Cereals including maize, rice, wheat, millet, barley and sorghum;

c. Fish of all kinds;

d. Flour and starch meals;

e. Fruits, nuts, pulses and vegetables of various kinds;

f. Roots such as yam, cocoyam, sweet and Irish potatoes;

g. Meat and poultry products including eggs;

h. Milk;

i. Salt and herbs of various kinds; and

j. Natural water and table water.

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The President in his speech added that his proposals also raise the threshold for VAT registration to N25 million in turnover per annum, such that the revenue authorities can focus their compliance efforts on larger businesses thereby bringing relief for Micro, Small and Medium-sized businesses.

According to President Buhari, it is absolutely essential to intensify the nation’s revenue generation efforts.

He notes that his administration remains committed to ensuring that the inconvenience associated with any fiscal policy adjustments, is moderated, such that the poor and the vulnerable, who are most at risk, do not bear the brunt of these reforms.