*Speaker commends governor for development projects
*Works ministry gets lion share
*State’s Bureau of Land generates N1.2bn for first time
*Calls on people to shun violence
By Garba Haruna Abdullahi
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has presented a proposed N219billion as the 2019 Budget tagged: ‘Budget of Sustainable Development’ to the State Assembly Wednesday.
The budget consists of capital expenditure worth N136 billion, which is 62 per cent of the estimated budget, while the recurrent expenditure stands as N83billion which is 38 per cent of the budget.
He said the budget would focus on the completion of ongoing projects and on key sectors such as health, infrastructure, agriculture and other key sectors. It is expected that the capital expenditure will be N136billion while the recurrent expenditure will be N83billion.
“A new initiative will be rolled out in this budget, which is the expending of N10million in each ward in the 44 local governments of the state. For infrastructure, the sum of over N38billion has been proposed, and the budget is expected to undertake the following infrastructural projects such as the construction of a new flyover at Kofar Mata, modern abbattoir, expansion of Aminu Kano Way, Karaye to Rogo road, Banki to Lambu road in Dawakin Tofa, Bypass to Tsamiya Babba Road, Kwanar Jaba to Rimin Kebe Road, Tukuntawa to Danmaliki road in Kumbotso LG, take-off and completion of Bunkure Road, Dawakin Kudu to Lahadin Makole Road, Tsanyawa to Dumbulun Road, Bataiya to Rigai Road, expansion of Katsina Road among others.
Additionally, the state government will also construct new 100 units of one-bedroom and 100 units of two-bedroom low-cost houses, urban mass transit and take-off of the Kano Light Rail project and so on.
“On education, additional 1, 000 new classrooms will be constructed with provision of new desks and chairs for existing classrooms, expending of N6billion in our higher institutions in projects such as the renovation of libraries and other developments. Also, N16billion will be expended on Yusuf Maitama Sule University for the completion some key projects,” Ganduje revealed.
According to him, the Ministry of Works and Housing got the lion share with more than N38 billion, Ministry of Water Resources got N26 billion and N2.5 billion to the Ministry of Health while the Ministry of Education got N18. Ministry of Rural Development N2billion as Ministry of Commerce is to receive N1.6billion while the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources has N9.4billion. Ministry of Environment N3billion and Security and Justice got N2.8 billion and lastly the Ministry of Women Affairs has N861 million.
Governor Ganduje stated that some of his administration’s achievements for the 2018 financial year which estimated more than N246billion, saying many projects were completed and many are to be completed at the end of this year.
“Some of the major achievements of the year 2018’s N246Billion Budget are in different sectors some of which have already been commissioned while others are expected to be completed before the end of the year. Many more are expected to be completed by the beginning of 2019, some of which include the Fanshekara underpass, Murtala Muhammad Way Flyover, Skills Acquisition Centre, Dangi Underpass, reconstruction of many primary healthcare centres, construction of over 2,000 classrooms, upgrading of junior secondary schools to senior secondary schools, payment of scholarship and allowances to our students both in foreign and private universities here in Nigeria, among many more achievements,” he highlighted.
He, however, said the state government also recorded for the first time, revenue generation from the State’s Bureau of Land to the tune of N1.2billion.
The governor expressed his gratitude to the State Assembly and the Honourable members for their cooperation in running his government, which played a key role in the many successes recorded by his administration. He also called on the general public to shun violence, especially in the forthcoming 2019 general elections and prayed for peaceful elections.
In his remark, the Speaker, Kano Assembly, Right Honourable Kabiru Alhasan Rurum thanked the governor and his entourage for the presentation, which would be the last he would be presiding over as Speaker, as he is contesting for the House of Representatives in the coming elections.
He highlighted that 35 bills were signed into law passed by the legislature, with a promise to do more before the end of their tenure, commending Governor Ganduje for the development programmes and projects he undertook that aimed at improving the lives of the less-privileged.