El-Rufai Presents Proposed N233bn 2022 Budget To Kaduna Assembly

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, presents the 2022 Appropriation Bill to the State House of Assembly on October 12, 2021.

 

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has presented an estimated 2022 budget of N233 billion to the State House of Assembly.

He submitted the appropriation bill tagged ‘Budget of Sustainable Growth’ on Tuesday to lawmakers at the legislative chamber of the Assembly in the state capital.

The governor explained that the sum of N146 billion representing 63 per cent was for capital expenditure and N87.6 billion representing 37 per cent was for recurrent spending respectively.

He stated that this was slightly smaller than the 2021 budget of N237.52 billion, which had N157.56 billion and N79.96 billion as capital and recurrent expenditures respectively.

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According to Governor El-Rufai, the allocations in the 2022 budget estimates reflect the political values and governance principles that have consistently guided the six previous budgets his administration has presented since 2015.

Like the previous budgets, he informed the lawmakers that the priorities of the bill were education, healthcare, and infrastructure.

The governor gave an assurance that his government would complete all ongoing projects before the end of his tenure.

Justifying the allocations, he said the government would ensure that the urban renewal programme would be completed, along with initiatives in the health and education sectors.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, addresses lawmakers and others at the State House of Assembly on October 12, 2021.

 

“Most of the capital spending will be in the economic and social sectors, in keeping faith with our stated governance agenda,” he said. “We propose to devote 76.8 per cent of the capital budget to schools, hospitals, and infrastructure, including housing. Capital spending on education is N68.4 billion (29 per cent) and for health – N35.1 billion (15 per cent).

“These figures show that the 2022 draft budget estimates express our political values and governance principles in the same consistent manner as our six previous budgets. Devoting N115 billion to these critical sectors demonstrates continuity in our emphasis on education and health as the key drivers of human capital development and on investments in Infrastructure as essentials to promoting economic competitiveness, support job creation, and advance the well-being of our people.”

Read the governor’s full speech at the presentation below:

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The Deputy Governor,
The Right Honourable Speaker,
Principal Officers of the Kaduna State House of Assembly
Honourable Members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly
The Chairman, APC Kaduna State Chapter
Members of the Kaduna State Executive Council
Permanent Secretaries, Clerk of the House and
Gentlemen of the Press
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. I am delighted to present the 2022 Draft Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure of the Kaduna State Government. This is the seventh time that this honourable House has accorded us this privilege. It is a poignant moment, marking the penultimate time it will be my duty to present the state budget. As we firmly embark on the closing stages of our stewardship to the people of Kaduna State, I wish to acknowledge and appreciate once again the productive partnership the Kaduna State House of Assembly and the Executive Branch have built in the service of our people since 2015.
2. Mr. Speaker, Right Honourable members, it is with your kind support that we have the necessary legislation to anchor our governance innovations. Enacting the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) law has enabled our state to introduce a revolution in Nigeria by adopting electronic voting for the local government elections of September 2021 and May 2018. This is among the over 100 new laws enacted since 2015 to institutionalise reforms in public finances, procurement, taxation, child welfare and protection, investment promotion, scholarships, youth capacity building and residency, among others. The new laws also created a geographic information service and an internal revenue service.
3. This governance agenda is not based on a whim or some fancy theorising. It is rooted in deeply held values and rigorous assessment of what is required to build a good society, to empower our people and overcome the legacy of decades of neglect governance norms and failures in delivering public goods. Expressed in the Putting People First slogan, our governance agenda is anchored on the Restoration Programme, the Kaduna State specific iteration of the APC manifesto.
4. In 2015, we committed ourselves to develop human capital by investing in education, healthcare and social welfare; institute a good governance system that is founded on a competent and responsive public service; foster security; maintain, rebuild and expand Infrastructure (including water supply, electricity and road networks) to accelerate economic growth that will create jobs, jobs and more jobs; promote agriculture and food security and reform land administration as a basis for wealth creation and capital formation, while preserving and enhancing environmental management.
5. From June 2015, we have deployed the annual budget as a fundamental policy tool for signalling change and in implementing change. We have enjoyed a strong partnership with this honourable House in this quest.
6. In the over six years that we have exercised responsibility for this state, we have kept faith with our manifesto and fashioned our governance agenda around it. Through various initiatives, we have expressed our commitment to promote equality of opportunity, accelerate human capital development, attain fiscal viability, and reduce inequality.
7. In June 2019, shortly after we commenced our second term, we launched the Urban Renewal Programme to modernise our three major cities. This is an unprecedented investment in urban infrastructure that is changing Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria. We have built, upgraded and expanded infrastructure in these cities as part of a coordinated effort to improve the economic competitiveness of our state and increase its appeal as a place to live, work and rest.
8. Without hiking tax rates, Kaduna State has become a top five state for internally generated revenue in Nigeria, collecting N50.7bn in taxes and levies in 2020. This is almost four times the N13bn that the state collected as IGR in 2015. We have increased school enrolment, made education free and compulsory for all children till they complete senior secondary school and launched a multicampus system for all our state-owned tertiary institutions. We have reformed the scholarship system to reward merit and support the needy. We are implementing a more sustainable funding arrangement for tertiary education based on a partnership between the government, parents and students.
How we are Putting People First
9. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, we have accomplished much in the service of our people across many sectors. I will highlight a few.
10. We have expanded access to Education, making the first 12 years of schooling free and compulsory. Apart from saving parents over N3bn yearly in fees by making basic education free till completion of SS3, we initiated a primary school feeding programme that was later taken over by the Federal Government. We continue to implement an extensive programme to renovate primary and secondary schools and supply them with furniture, water and sanitation facilities;
11. We recently recruited 7600 new teachers for secondary schools, in addition to the 2500 teachers of English, Mathematics and the sciences earlier recruited. We continue to monitor the performance of the 25,000 recruited in 2017 and 2018 to replace the 22,000 who failed the competency test.
12. We revamped the scholarship system, increased allowances to those entitled based on either merit or need. We also introduced a low-interest loan scheme to cater for those not qualified for scholarship, but wishing to finance their tertiary education.
13. In the Health sector, we continue to improve the primary health care system, with equipment and materials and the recruitment of healthcare personnel. Enrolment of citizens for universal health coverage through the State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme continues. Testing capacity for Covid-19 has been sustained using a mix of PCR and GeneXpert machines.
14. Our investment in Social Welfare continues with funding of initiatives to support various demographics. We are funding several skills acquisition and entrepreneurship programmes for youths and women, including the Kaduna State Women Economic Empowerment Programme (KADSWEP) with N200 million low-interest microcredits targeting women entrepreneurs and vulnerable groups.
15. 5000 young graduates have been trained in entrepreneurship through the Kaduna Startup and Entrepreneurship Programme, KADSTEP. With our partners in the Bank of Industry and the Kaduna Business School, we have unveiled KADSTEP 2.0 which will focus on training in ICT skills. This reinforces initiatives like Click-On Kaduna which has enabled thousands of young people to learning to code and acquire other digital skills at our Kaduna ICT hub.
16. As mentioned earlier, the Urban Renewal Programme is a historic investment in the infrastructure of our three major cities. It is the most visible part of our Infrastructure efforts, including developing the long-term infrastructure masterplan and a blueprint for the industrialisation of Kaduna State. The Urban Renewal Programme is improving infrastructure, transport connections and the liveability of our three main cities of Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria. The programme started with Kaduna, with new roads, expanded arterial roads, shopping malls and neighbourhood centres included. Some of our major roads have already benefitted from our solar street lighting programme, designed to light up Kaduna metropolis and help improve security.
17. Following the completion of the long-delayed phases 1 and 2 of the Zaria Water Expansion Project that now supplies potable water to Zaria and Sabon Gari Local Governments, the extension of the transmission and distribution pipelines Soba, Giwa and other neighbouring local government areas continues.
18. We are changing the face of markets through direct investments and in partnership with private companies. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo recently commissioned the new Kasuwan Magani market. The expansion and development of markets in continues Sabon Gari in Sabon Gari LG, Dan Magaji in Zaria LG, and Kasuwar Barci in Kaduna South Local Government. Most of the real traders in the Abubakar Gumi Central Market in Kaduna have bought their shops as part of our programme to expand wealth creation through property ownership.
19. For safety on the highways, we have completed and opened the trailer park in Marraraban Jos. This has reduced gridlock on the Kaduna-Zaria Road. We are working to ensure the completion of Trailer Parks at Tafa in Kagarko Local Government and near Olam in Chikun local government area.
20. Reforms in Governance have empowered our MDAs to strengthen their capacity for results delivery. Our tax agency has quadrupled the collection of internally generated revenue in five years. Through the effort of the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), we have signed more than 50,000 certificates of occupancy in four years.
21. This government has recorded the highest levels of budget performance in the history of the state, injecting the largest ever capital investment in the history of the state. In 2019, Kaduna State achieved 97.5% budget performance for capital expenditure, spending N148.57bn of the N152.33bn budgeted. This is more than twice the erstwhile record of capital spending of over N62bn in 2016.
22. We have paid almost the entire N14bn arrears of gratuity and death benefit we inherited from 2010. We are faithfully implementing the contributory pension scheme and paying retirees on defined benefits even as we raised minimum monthly pension to N30,000.
23. While implementing governance reforms, we have also focused on maintaining our credentials as one of the foremost investment destinations in Nigeria, attracting $2.8bn in investments and pledges. We recently hosted the sixth edition of the Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit, KADInvest. This concluded with the commissioning of the tomato processing plant of Tomato Jos, one of the investors in the agriculture sector in our state. We are looking forward to the commissioning early in 2022 of the Gujeni iron and steel plant of the African Natural Resources and Mines in Kagarko LGA. We also expect the Dangote-Peugeot vehicle assembly project and the OCP fertiliser plant located along the Kaduna-Abuja Road to come on stream.
24. Work is progressing well on the roads, bridges and other infrastructure required for the Damau Milk Farm project, a collaboration between our state, the Central Bank of Nigeria and Arla, the European dairy giant. This is a ranching project, designed to help transform and modernise livestock production in Kaduna State, by sedentarising farmers and involving them in a commercially viable animal husbandry business.
The proposed 2022 Budget of Sustainable Growth
25. The uncertainties unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic make it even more important to embrace fiscal realism. As a subnational, our economic parameters are aligned with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s which assumes an oil price benchmark of 57 US Dollars per barrel; daily oil production estimate of 1.88 million barrels , exchange rate of 410.15 per US Dollar; projected GDP growth rate of 4.2 percent and 13 percent inflation rate.
26. Taking into account these economic parameters, the draft 2022 estimates are based on the following considerations:
i. Limiting the size of the budget strictly in conformity with realizable revenues in the light of a post COVID-19 economy.
ii. Providing funds for projects from start to finish, while taking into cognizance ongoing projects and inherited capital liabilities.
iii. Maintaining the minimum budgeting baseline model of 60:40 ratio of capital to recurrent.
iv. Education and Health sectors holding a minimum of 26% and 15% of the total proposed budget respectively.
27. The government will strictly adhere to these targets, giving close attention to priority projects, strengthening expenditure control measures, and seeking ways to significantly expand internally generated revenue collection.
Summary of the 2022 Draft Revenue and Expenditure Estimates
28. The draft 2022 budget acknowledges the continuing uncertainty caused by Covid-19 and the varying degrees of economic recovery across the world, two factors with significant consequences for export earnings and business confidence. Therefore, we are proposing a budget size of N233bn in 2022, with the capital component at N146bn and recurrent expenses of N87.6bn. The 2022 budget, when approved, is projected to have capital to recurrent ratio of 63%:37%. The 2022 estimates are slightly smaller than the proposed 2021 budget estimates of N237.52bn, of which N157.56bn was capital and N79.96bn recurrent expenditure, a 66% to 34% capital to recurrent ratio.
29. Most of the capital spending will be in the Economic and Social Sectors, in keeping faith with our stated governance agenda. We propose to devote 76.8% of the capital budget to schools, hospitals, and infrastructure, including housing. Capital spending on Education is N68.4bn (29%) and for Health N35.1bn (15%).
30. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, permit me to present the detailed summary of the recurrent and capital allocations, and to outline the proposed allocation to each sector:
31. GENERAL SUMMARY
The summary of the 2022 – 2024 Draft Revenue and Expenditure Estimates as follows:
1. Recurrent Revenue Projections 2022 of N146,408,640,343.67
1. Opening Balance ₦24,450,000,000.00
2. Internally Generated Revenue ₦67,267,465,873.67
3. Statutory Allocation from Federation Account ₦54,191,174,470.00
4. Contributions for COVID-19 Response ₦ 500,000,000.00
₦146,408,640,343.67
1. Recurrent Expenditure Estimates 2022
Personnel Cost 44,653,466,906.47
Overhead Cost 31,705,684,158.87
Public Debt Charges 6,200,000,000.00
10% to Local Government Joint Council 5,016,269,047.66
TOTAL RECURRENT EXPENDITURE 87,575,420,113.00
NET RECURRENT REVENUE 58,833,220,230.67
3. Transfer to Capital Budget
Recurrent Revenue 146,408,640,343.67
Less Recurrent Expenditure 87,575,420,113.00
Recurrent Budget Surplus 58,833,220,230.67
4. Capital Accounts Funds 2022 Total Capital Budget: N146,097,619,642.88
Opening Balance 8,020,225,751.78
Recurrent Budget Surplus 58,833,220,230.67
Value Added Tax (VAT) 24,955,552,583.00
Internal Loans and Credit 100,000,000.00
Internal Grants 21,776,980,746.97
External Loans 19,603,348,709.33
External Grants 12,308,291,621.13
Sales of Government Assets 500,000,000.00
TOTAL CAPITAL BUDGET 146,097,619,642.88
5. Capital Expenditure Estimates 2022
The sum of ₦146,097,619,642.88 has been allocated as Draft Capital Estimates across sectors as follows: –
Sub-Sector: Economic Proposed Estimates
Agriculture 1,796,277,164.41
Business, Innovation and Technology 3,725,230,354.53
Housing and Urban Development 9,347,379,072.06
Public Works and Infrastructure 36,973,505,543.12
Total for Sub-Sector: Economic 51,842,392,134.12
Sub-Sector: Social
Education 44,686,238,773.12
Health 22,764,378,045.10
Social Development 690,522,000.00
Total for Sub-Sector: Social 68,141,138,818.22
Sub-Sector: Regional
Environment and Natural Resources 2,986,195,031.17
Water 4,994,433,881.76
Total for Sub-Sector: Regional 7,980,628,912.93
Sub-Sector: General Administration
Executive 11,554,247,474.89
Governance 2,964,500,840.01
Law and Justice 287,948,802.71
Legislature 3,326,762,660.00
Total for Sub-Sector: Gen. Admin 18,133,459,777.61
Grand Total 146,097,619,642.88
32. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, these figures show that the 2022 draft budget estimates express our political values and governance principles in the same consistent manner as our six previous budgets. Devoting N115bn to these critical sectors demonstrates continuity in our emphasis on Education and Health as the key drivers of human capital development, and on investments in Infrastructure as essentials to promoting economic competitiveness, support job creation and advance the well-being of our people.
Legislative Agenda for 2022
33. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, you have kindly enacted many of the bills in our 2020/2021 legislative agenda into law. This includes the Traditional Institutions Law and the laws creating Metropolitan and Municipal Authorities to manage Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria as single, integrated and organic cities.
34. Some of the bills on the agenda are still being drafted. Therefore, in the remaining months of 2021 and in 2022, we shall be approaching the House with more bills to further strengthen governance in the state. The pending bills that we hope to transmit to the Kaduna State House of Assembly include:
a. The Kaduna State Executive Council recently approved the State Social Protection Policy. This places us in a better position to propose a Social Protection Bill to domesticate the various social intervention programmes of the Federal Government and propose a statewide social safety net that will address the basic needs of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
b. Employment Promotion Bill that will establish a State Council of Economic Advisers to guide the government on measures to promote job creation, economic development and investment promotion.
c. State Education Bill to re-enact our outdated education law, including updating the Universal Basic Education Law to repeal the 2005 law, and reflect lessons learnt in the implementation of the domestication of the UBE Act. This will enable the eventual elimination of the dysfunctional ‘Out-of-School children’ phenomenon in Kaduna State.
d. Family Court and Small Claims Court (Establishment) Bills, along with legislation to amend the District Court Law, and
e. Another very important bill for the enactment of a State Commercial Code to guide the conduct of commercial activities, encourage innovation and investment in our state.
35. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, it is my pleasure to now lay before this Honourable House the draft estimates of revenues and expenditure for the 2022 fiscal year, and the Appropriation Bill accompanying these, for your kind consideration.
Thank you for listening.
God Bless Kaduna State.
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, OFR
Governor of Kaduna State
12th October 2021

After One Year, Kaduna Assembly Lifts Suspension Of Former Deputy Speaker

Kaduna Assembly Declares Ex-Deputy Speaker's Seat Vacant
(File) A front view of the Kaduna State House of Assembly complex.

 

After one year, the Kaduna State House of Assembly has lifted the suspension of its former Deputy Speaker and member representing Basawa constituency, Honourable Muktar Isa-Hazo.

Isa-Hazo, and another former Deputy Speaker Nuhu Goroh- Shadalafiya of Kagarko Constituency as well as two other members, Yusuf Dahiru of Makera constituency and Salisu Isa representing Magajin Gari constituency, were suspended from all legislative activities of the House on August 11, 2020.

They were suspended for anti-legislative activities including causing disaffection among members and denigrating the office of the Deputy Speaker.

The decision to recall the former Deputy Speaker follows a motion moved by Ahmad Muhammad, a member representing the Zaria Kewaye constituency during the plenary on Wednesday.

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Hon. Muhammad told the lawmakers that the suspended former Deputy Speaker showed remorse over his conduct and has been pleading publicly on several occasions for forgiveness.

He however appealed to his colleagues to look into Isa – Hazo’s matter to recall him back to the chamber so as to enable him to continue with his legislative duty.

He said that this will serve as an example to the other three members, to publicly ask for forgiveness so they could be recalled.

The Speaker, Yusuf Zailani in his response, accepted the request by the lawmaker for the recall of the former deputy, stating that he will never reject the request as he awaits the other three members to do the same.

He, therefore, directed the Clerk of the House to communicate the decision to Isa-Hazo, so that he will return and continue his legislative work.

Kaduna Assembly Declares Former Speaker’s Seat Vacant

A File Photo of the Kaduna State House of Assembly

 

The Kaduna State House of Assembly has declared the seat of the immediate past Speaker of the Assembly, Aminu Shagali vacant for being absent from all legislative activities for more than a year without any reason.

Spokesman of the Assembly, Tanimu Musa in an interview with Channels Television, explained that by such action, the former Speaker, representing Sabon Gari constituency, ceases to be a member of the House for violating section 109, subsection one, paragraph F of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He said that the Clerk of the Assembly has been told to communicate with the Independent National Electoral Commission to set up a new date of re-run for the seat.

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In a similar development, the State Assembly has suspended four of its members for violating various rules of the House.

The four members including two former Deputy Speakers of the Assembly are suspended for a period of 12 months.

They are Nuhu Shadalafiya, Isah Hazo,  Yusuf Liman and Salisu Isa.

According to the Spokesman of the Assembly, three among the suspended members, Hon. Shadalafiya representing Kagarko constituency, Isah Hazo from Basawa constituency, and Yusuf Liman of Makera constituency were suspended last year for nine months in an attempt to impeach the incumbent Speaker, Yusuf Zailani.

They were later slammed with another 12 months suspension for fresh offences.

 

June 11 Fracas: Kaduna Assembly Suspends Three Lawmakers For Nine Months

A file photo of security officials at the Kaduna State House of Assembly on June 11, 2020.

 

The Kaduna State House of Assembly has suspended three of its members from all legislative activities for a period of nine months.

They were suspended for their connection with the fracas that occurred during the plenary on June 11 in the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in the state’s capital.

The suspended members include the two immediate former deputy speakers of the House, Mukhtar Isa-Hazo from Basawa Constituency and Nuhu Shadalafiya from Kagarko Constituency, as well as the lawmaker representing Makera Constituency, Yusuf Dahiru.

The House approved the suspension of the three members on Tuesday at the resumption of the sitting of the lawmakers presided by the Deputy Speaker, Isaac Auta.

This followed the adoption of the report of the committee set up to investigate the immediate and remote cause of the fracas. The report recommended their suspension.

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The House also reprimanded five other members, including the immediate past Speaker, Aminu Shagalafiya.

It directed the reprimanded lawmakers to apologise to members of the House and publish their apology in a national daily within one week.

Briefing reporters at the Assembly complex at the end of the plenary, the spokesman for the House, Musa Ahmed, explained that the suspended members violated the rules of the House.

He added that they caused disaffection among members and denigrated the office of the Deputy Speaker.

Channels Television had reported how some lawmakers exchanged blows over the impeachment of the deputy speaker, Isa-Hazo in June.

 

Before the plenary, some policemen and other security operatives had stormed the Assembly Complex over an alleged plot to impeach the Speaker, Yusuf Zailani, who was elected into office on February 25.

Some members of the House believed to be unhappy with Zailani’s style of leadership were said to have perfected plans to impeach him.

This led to the fracas in the legislative chamber where some lawmakers engaged in a fight in the process of trying to remove the mace of House after Isa-Hazo was impeached.

Auta was later elected as the new deputy speaker.

VIDEO: Kaduna Lawmakers Exchange Blows As Deputy Speaker Is Impeached

 

There was a fracas in the Kaduna State House of Assembly on Thursday as members exchanged blows over the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker, Mr Mukhtar Hazo.

Following Hazo’s impeachment during plenary, the lawmakers elected the member representing Kauru Constituency, Mr Isaac Auta, as the new deputy speaker.

His impeachment notice was signed by 24 members of the assembly.

Before he was removed from office, there were speculations of an alleged plot by seven members of the House led by the former deputy speaker to impeach the Speak, Yusuf Zailani.

However, lawmakers in support of the former deputy speaker exchanged blows with other members in the process of trying to remove the mace of House after the impeachment.

In his reaction, the Speaker told Channels Television that the impeached deputy was the architect of his own misfortune.

Zailani accused Hazo of conniving with other lawmakers to remove him as the speaker, claiming that the former deputy speaker also committed other infractions that were against the rule of the House.

Earlier, some policemen and other security operatives stormed the Assembly Complex over the plot to impeach the speaker who was elected into office on February 25.

Some lawmakers who were not happy with his style of leadership were said to have perfected plans to impeach him during plenary.

In order to forestall any breakdown of law and order, all entrances leading in and out of the complex were barricaded by the security operatives.

Tight Security At Kaduna Assembly Over Alleged Plot To Impeach Speaker

Some security officials at the Kaduna State House of Assembly on June 11, 2020.

 

 

Some policemen and other security operatives have taken over the Kaduna State House of Assembly Complex over an alleged plot to impeach the Speaker, Mr Yusuf Zailani.

This comes barely four months after Zailani was elected as the speaker of the House on February 25.

There have been speculations that some lawmakers who are not happy with the speaker’s style of leadership have perfected plans to impeach him during plenary on Thursday.

In order to forestall any breakdown of law and order, the security agents barricaded all entrances leading in and out of the complex in the Kaduna metropolis.

 

Only the lawmakers and Assembly workers were allowed into the complex, but journalists and other visitors were turned back.

In his reaction, Zailani told Channels Television that those plotting his removal would not succeed.

“Nobody can remove the lion,” the speaker said in a telephone chat on Thursday.

New Speaker Emerges In Kaduna Assembly, As Shagali Resigns

Kaduna Assembly Passes N214 Billion 2017 Budget
Main Entrance of the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

 

The member representing Igabi constituency in Kaduna State House of Assembly, Honourable Yusuf Zilani has been elected as the new speaker of the Assembly.

His emergence follows the resignation of the former Speaker, Aminu Shagali, representing Sabon-Gari Constituency.

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The new speaker until his emergence was the deputy speaker in the All Progressives Congress (APC) dominated Assembly.

Photo combination of the new Kaduna Speaker, Honourable Yusuf Zilani (Left) and the former Speaker, Aminu Shagali.

 

Zilani was elected by his colleagues during plenary on Tuesday.

Although the former Speaker did not give any reason for his resignation, sources at the Assembly told Channels Television that members of the House have started collecting signatures to impeach him before he eventually bowed to pressure and resigned.

Kaduna Assembly Passes Child Protection, Welfare Bill

Christian Leaders Beg El-Rufai To Suspend Teachers’ Sack
File photo: Governor Nasir El-Rufai

The Kaduna State House of Assembly has passed the Child Protection and Welfare Bill into law.

The bill which was sent to the Assembly by the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, is aimed at protecting the welfare and safety of children in the state.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Hafsat Baba, while commending the lawmakers for passing the bill into law, says it will ensure that perpetrators of child trafficking, child abuse and child labour among others are prosecuted accordingly.

She also stressed the need for continuous awareness creation and advocacy on the new law; adding that her ministry will work closely with the ministry of justice, religious bodies and traditional rulers across the state to ensure full implementation of the law.

According to her, with the law in place, victims of rape and other related crimes will now have access to justice while the perpetrators of such acts will be brought to book in accordance with the stipulated punishment.

While lamenting that child trafficking has become a money spinning venture in the state; the Women Affairs Commissioner announced that the state government has placed a ban on establishment of orphanages by private individuals or organizations without government approval.

This she explains is to curtail the indiscriminate selling of children by orphanage homes without recourse to laid down guideines and procedures on child adoption.

The Kaduna Child Protection And Welfare Law is expected to help curb atrocities committed against children in the state including child trafficking, child molestation and child labour among others.

Kaduna Assembly Passes N214 Billion 2017 Budget

Kaduna Assembly Passes N214 Billion 2017 BudgetThe Kaduna State House of Assembly has passed the 2017 appropriation bill into law.

In passing the bill, the Assembly approved a total sum of N214.921 billion for the 2017 fiscal year, up from the N172bn approved for 2016.

Out of the amount, N83.46bn is allocated for recurrent expenditure while capital project got the sum of N131.45 billion, signifying a ratio of 61:39 in favour of capital expenditure.

In the approved budget, Education, Infrastructure and Health got the biggest allocations of N44.84bn, N10.49bn, and N24.5bn respectively.

The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai in October presented the draft budget of Jobs, Social Justice and Equity to the House of Assembly for consideration.

Commending the lawmakers for their effort in the scrutiny and speedy passage of the draft budget, the Governor in a statement issued by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, noted that the lawmakers approved the budget that is one billion Naira lower than the draft estimates.

“We are proud of the Kaduna State House of Assembly for not padding or inflating the budget. These confirms the government’s strong commitment to pro-poor programmes and to the provision of facilities to attract job-creating investments to the state.

“Therefore, we reinforce our commitment to social justice by retaining high levels of spending on our social programmes. Social justice obliges us to sustain investments in Education, Health, Infrastructure and Social Development.

“Based on the lessons learnt from the 2016 Budget, the government is strengthening implementation and monitoring mechanisms, including the establishment of a Result Delivery Unit,” he said.