Bauchi gov presents N167bn bud­get pro­posal to Assem­bly

The Punch - - NEWS - Arm­strong Bakam, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Gov­er­nor, Sen­a­tor Bala Mo­hammed, has pre­sented a bud­get es­ti­mate of N167,215,807,500.00 to the state house of Assem­bly for the 2020 fis­cal year.

The bud­get, chris­tened, ‘Bud­get of Re­newal of hope,’ is made up of N94,600,410,286 cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture and N72,652,397,214 re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture, rep­re­sent­ing 57 and 47 per cent, re­spec­tively.

Speak­ing dur­ing the bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion on Tues­day, the gov­er­nor said the es­ti­mates were based on the cur­rent eco­nomic re­al­i­ties.

he said the 2010 bud­get was lower than the pre­vi­ous years’ not be­cause gov­ern­ment did not in­tend to spend much but be­cause “this time round, we want to get it right by propos­ing a bud­get that is re­al­is­tic.”

“The idea of ad­mit­ting un­re­al­is­tic projects in the bud­get is over. The bud­get was care­fully pre­pared in such a way that projects and pro­grammes will most likely be im­ple­mented,” the gov­er­nor said.

he said the sum of N102,474,311,276 was es­ti­mated as re­cur­rent rev­enue, comprising N80,612,386,436 as statu­tory al­lo­ca­tion and N21,861,924,840 as In­ter­nally Gen­er­ated Rev­enue.

On the cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture, he said the eco­nomic sec­tor would gulp the high­est al­lo­ca­tion of 49,793,970,144 while the so­cial sec­tor was al­lo­cated N35,467,194,686.

he said the 2020 bud­get would fo­cus on his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pri­or­ity ar­eas, which in­clude health, ed­u­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture, youth em­pow­er­ment, job cre­ation and cim­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, poverty re­duc­tion through the es­tab­lish­ment of small scale en­ter­prises, pro­vi­sion of in­fra­struc­ture through con­struc­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of roads and wa­ter sup­ply, among oth­ers.

Ed­u­ca­tion got the high­est al­lo­ca­tion of N26,928,290,461, rep­re­sent­ing 16.1%, health got the sec­ond, with N25,774,394,131 rep­re­sent­ing 15.41% while the third high­est al­lo­ca­tion went to wa­ter re­sources, which got 15,081,410,668 rep­re­sent­ing 9.02%.

Mo­hammed said, “In the health sec­tor, one of the car­di­nal points of this ad­min­is­tra­tion is to ad­dress the glar­ing in­ad­e­qua­cies that were in­her­ent in the sys­tem and re­verse the trend. There is no doubt that this sec­tor has suf­fered ne­glect over­time. This ad­min­is­tra­tion will not agree with this na­tional em­bar­rass­ment and will there­fore take a holis­tic ap­proach to ad­dress the prob­lem.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is an­other key crit­i­cal sec­tor where this ad­min­is­tra­tion is go­ing to in­vest heav­ily just like health. The ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem in the state, both at the ba­sic and ter­tiary lev­els, is as its low­est ebb.”

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