The Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima has on Wednesday signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill which was presented to him by the State Assmebly following its passage into law.
LEADERSHIP Recalls that Governor Shettima presented an appropriation bill of N170 billion to the house but the State Assmebky during its various House committee sectoral oversight functions adjusted the total appropriation bill jacking it with N11,514,000 billion , bringing the total amount of the budget signed into law to N181,288,518,000 billion
Presenting the 2018 Budget to the governor for assent at the Government House Council Chamber Maiduguri , the Honourable Speaker, Alhaji Abdulkarim Lawan said the reasons behind the State Assembly upward review of the Appropriation bill was in line with the governors explanations during the appropriation bill presentation to give much priority to Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR) , to construct more roads within the state to link many communities that were unaccessible including those that were unnoticeable.
The Speaker added that the house also increased the sectoral allocation of the Ministry of Local Government and Emirates Affairs based on the governors earlier pledge to rehabilitate and furnish all the palaces of the Emirs and chiefs that were destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents to enbale the tradiitnal rulers reruen to their localities and resettle finally.
Other reason he gave was again based on the governors plans to empower the women and youths after resettlement in their communities by way of providing adequate skills acquisition and poverty alleviation facilities and equipments for the displaced persons or IDPs returnees.” The House decided to also review the allocation to the Ministry of Poverty Aleviation and Youths Empowerment in order to accelerate and accompolish governments’ good intentions to the people of the state, especially those affceted by the insurgency,” he said.
The Speaker said the increase was however based in the recommandtikns if the House Ad hoc Committee on the Appropriation and Finance.
Responding, Governor Shettima said it was essential for the executive to pay tribute to the BOSHA led by the Speaker, Abdulkarim Lawan for the expeditious passage of the Appropriation Bill into law.
He thanked the house members for their support and cooperation as well as cordial working relationship while appreciating the labour Union for their support and understanding with the state government throughout the thick and thin periods.
Shettima also commended the security agencies for their gallantry and bravery in restoring peace in the state and liberating the communities that were captured by the Boko Haram insurgents.
“Latest by 29th May 2018, all the IDPs will be finally relocated back to their various host communities as government has intensified efforts with works in Mobbar, Bama and Gwiza among others for return , the Governor said.
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