…Restates commitment to people-oriented projects
From Isa Dangana, Minna
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has presented a budget proposal of N159.5billion for the 2019 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly.
Tagged: “Budget of Sustenance and Continuity,” the appropriation bill is an increment of 5.43 per cent of the outgoing 2018 budget.
According to the governor, “the 2019 budget estimate will focus mainly on the completion of all on-going projects that have direct bearing on the lives of Nigerlites in addition to some critical new ones.”
Outlining the key components of the proposed 2019 budget, the governor disclosed that the capital expenditure would amount to N96, 205,435,383.00 (60.31 per cent) while the recurrent expenditure would amount to N63, 324,292,994.00 (29.69 per cent)
The governor, who said that his administration would not relent in ensuring the development of the state even in the course of the economic hardship, said that it would engage in different developmental projects across all sectors in the state.
“Indeed, we are aware of the people’s demands from us and we are doing our best in that respect. However, we are prepared to do more in order to improve the living standard of the people,” he noted.
He then called for continuous cooperation and understanding of the legislative arm of the government as they engage in vigorous healthy collaboration in setting agenda for the development of the state and its people.
The Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Ahmad Marafa Guni assured Governor Sani-Bello that the House would ensure urgent attention is given to the appropriation bill and commended the governor for his promptness in presenting the budget to the House, assuring the governor that the legislative arm of the state would continue to work with the executive in order to bring about meaningful development in the state.