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.

Niger Govt. Restates Commitment To Child Rights Protection

Child Rights The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has reiterated the commitment of his administration to the promotion and protection of the rights of every citizen especially the children.

Governor Bello gave the assurance at the 1 2 3 parade ground in Minna to mark the 2016 Children’s Day celebration.

He said that it was the primary responsibility as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria and Child Right Act 2007 to protect and promote the rights of the children.

He warned parents and wards against violence against children which comes in many forms and usually causes physical and emotional harm to the growth and development of the child.

The Governor, represented by his deputy, Ahmed Ketso, directed the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to liaise with other relevant agencies to work out modalities so as to fight the scourge of child abuse, abduction and child labour in the state.

The Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Rose Sani, reminded the parents of their responsibilities towards the protection of the rights of the children.

She said that it is the duty of the parents to ensure that children are cared for, protected, free from fear so as to grow in peace.

Mrs Abara urged the children to rededicate themselves to be responsible citizens by respecting their parents, teachers, elders and constituted authorities.

She advised children to shun acts of violence, drugs and other forms of social vices just as they imbibe the spirit of hard work, honesty, patriotism and patience at all times.

Lawmakers Assure Mimiko Of Adequate Funding For New Poly

Governor Olusegun MimikoThe Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Education, Hon. Aminu Suleiman has assured the Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, that the Committee is working closely with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to ensure that there are enough funds for the successful take-off of the newly established Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji in Ondo State.

The assurance was made when members of the Committee paid a courtesy visit to the governor, in his office, in Akure, as part of their oversight functions.

Honourable Suleiman expressed satisfaction on the state of some Federal Government owned tertiary educational institutions, which the Committee visited in the State.

He also said that the overall interest of the members for the visit was for the educational development of Ondo State.

Responding, Governor Mimiko maintained that education was a tool for social development and breaking of generational poverty.

He stressed that his administration’s heavy investment in the education sector was to ensure that the products of the State were able to compete with their peers anywhere in the world.

Mimiko further projected that in the next five years, every child in the State would be attending standardised mega schools.

The members of the Committee after leaving Ondo State are expected to visit other States of the federation to assess the Federal Government owned educational institutions located there.