The Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has presented the 2019 budget tagged, “Budget of Sustainable Development” with infrastructure taking the lion share.
Presenting the Budget before the State House of Assembly yesterday, Governor Ganduje said this year’s budget, totalling N219, 655, 217, 786. is higher than that of 2018 budget of reactualisation.
According to the governor the sum of N134, 065, 165, 219, was earmarked for the Capital expenditure, while the sum of N85, 590, 65,167 goes to the re -current expenditure.
He said about N156, 761, 637, 947, is to serve as the re-current revenue out of which N45 billion is targetted as the Internally Generated Revenue IGR, adding that the sum of N101, 751, 637, 947, is to come from the Federal Revenue Allocation.
Ganduje revealed that infrastructural Development got the highest allocation of N38.3billion in the 2018 budget, while Water Resources came second highest with N26.4 billion allocation as against the 2018 budget which stood at N13 billion and Educational sector came third with N18 billion allocation .
The governor stated further that about N2.5 billion was allocated to the Health sector and about N3 billion to the state Ministry of Environment.
He said in order to make sure that women stand on their feets, the sum of N861 million was allocated to the state Ministry of Women and Social Development in order to provide soft loans to the orphans and the vulnerable groups.
Ganduje said in line with the state government’s resolve to maintain its near crime-free state, about N2.8 billion has been allocated to continue to maintain the existing peace and tranquility that reign in the state since his assumption of office.
Responding, the speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Honourable Kabir Alhassan Rurum commended the efforts of Ganduje who he said had excelled in presenting a realistic budget when compared to other state of the federation since he assumed office .
According to the Speaker, the House had so far, passed about 35 bills and 300 motions, which is a significant feat in a given legislative year.