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.

Gaidam Presents 2017 Appropriation And Finance Bills

Yobe, new boards, chief executivesThe Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, on Friday, presented the 2017 appropriation and finance bills to the state assembly for its scrutiny.

In the 2017 budget, the Governor said his administration intends to spend the sum of 69.3 billion Naira, which represents a 22% reduction to that of the outgoing fiscal year.

He told the House that in the 2017 fiscal year, government is earmarking 39.5% to cater for capital expenditure, while the recurrent expenditure is put at 60.5%

Tagged “budget of consolidation and self-reliance”, it also represents a decrease of 19.5 million Naira, compared to that of last year.

Governor Gaidam said the down size will ensure budget realism for the attainment of realistic results in the implementation of earmarked programmes.

“This decision is informed by the economic recession, occasioned by the fall in price of oil and consequent need to ensure budget realism for attainment of optimum result in the implementation of planned programmes.

“In spite of the daunting challenges experienced as a result of paucity of funds at the disposal of government, we still remained focused to make concerted efforts, aimed at improving the quality of life of the citizens of the state” the Governor said.

The 2017 budget according to him, is to be executed with funds to be generated from internal revenues, statutory allocation, value added tax, ecological fund, excess crude oil, external and internal loans among others.

Giving a review of the 2016 budget performance, Mr Gaidam said of the 88.9 billion Naira estimated for the year, the total revenue received from all sources covering the period from January to November, amounted to 49.8 Naira giving 56.1% of the required target for the year.

The Governor called on well-meaning people of the state and other interested parties to support his administration in the realization of his developmental objectives.

“In the implementation of the budget, we will involve every patriotic citizen of Yobe, our development partners and indeed all other stakeholders to make meaningful contributions towards realization of the set developmental objectives.

“In so doing, emphasis shall as usual be placed on observance of due process, probity, accountability and transparency, which are the essential hallmarks of good governance” Gaidam said.

Ayade Presents 2017 Budget To Cross River House of Assembly

Ayade Presents 2017 Budget To House of AssemblyThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has presented the 2017 Appropriation Bill of 301 billion naira to the state House of Assembly.

Christened ‘Budget of Infinite Transposition’, the budget, according to the Governor, seeks to achieve three cardinal objectives of improving and expanding infrastructure through Public Private Partnership, planting the tree of the state future revenue generation and gradual industrialization of the state.

Giving a breakdown of the budget, N81,142,339,895.32 is allocated for recurrent expenditure while N220,060,873,053.48 is allocated for capital expenditure.

The recurrent expenditure represents 24.8% of the budget while the capital expenditure represents 75.2% of the budget estimate.

He said that the state intends to fund the budget from Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Statutory Allocation, Capital Receipts and Projected Investor Revenue from Direct Foreign Investments.

According to the estimate, N81,142,339,895,32 is expected to be generated through IGR, N41,676,220,113.64 from statutory allocation, 76,070,524,023.85 from donor agencies, 38,474,892,065.29 from the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery Fund and 63,839,236,850.70 from revenue from investments.

Making the presentation, Ayade informed the Assembly that it was the desire of his administration in 2017 to focus on the superhighway because it is the main energy that will open up the vista of opportunities for prosperity.

Describing the size of the appropriation bill as ambitious, Ayade said he was optimistic that it can be achieved because when there is cash deficiency, the intellect takes over.