The Jigawa State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the state's 2012 appropriation bill of N104.4 billion.
Presenting the appropriation committee report before the passage of the bill, the Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Babangida Mohammed, said the estimate now had an increment of N60 million from the initial budget proposal presented by Gov. SuleLamido.
Mohammed explained that the increase of N60 million which was not captured in the initial appropriation bill presented to the house would be used by Gunduma Health System to pay the salaries and allowances of medical personnel who would be recruited.
He said that several adjustments had been made in the capital expenditure, overhead, personnel cost and stabilisation fund.
The chairman stated that the budget for the establishment of the state's College of Basic Studies in Kafinhausa had been reduced from one billion to N1.04 million while the College of Agriculture’s estimate was increased from N210 million to N240 million.
He said that the sum of N192 million proposed for the construction of 256 hand pumps in rural areas had also been reduced to N162 million, among others.
Mohammed commended the executive arm in the state for implementing the 2011 budget by about 85 per cent.
The N55.84 million budget was also passed by the house for the 27 Local Government Areas in the state.