The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has signed the 217.9 billion Naira 2017 Appropriation Bill into law.
The bill was increased to 217.9 billion Naira from the earlier 209 billion Naira presented by the state House of Assembly.
The increment amounted slightly to over N8 billion Naira.
Presenting the bill to the Governor, the Speaker, Kabiru Rurum said that the State House of Assembly decided to add over N8 billion to the original bill presented last December, after consultations from stakeholders.
According to him, despite the increment, priority areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, education and health remain the same.
Today is a great day and the good people of Kano have to celebrate because we are presenting the processed budget after consultations and public hearing Everybody participated in the budget we are presenting, the Speaker said.
Governor Ganduje hailed the House of Assembly for doing a thorough job and for the speedy passage of the budget.
He said the increment made by the Assembly was to the benefit of the people.
I am happy this budget is being increased and it is a judicious increase. In fact, there is zero-padding in the increment of this budget and this was because appropriate authorities and members of the public were consulted.
So, the State Assembly followed an open process. We must be proud of this budget and this increment, the Governor stated.
Due to dwindling oil revenue from the federation account, Governor Ganduje stressed that the state would lay more emphasises on Internally Generated Revenue to finance the budget.
We are all aware that the oil money has gone down What we are getting from Abuja is always getting down, so, we have to resort to self-reliance through Kano State Board of Internal Revenue Service which has been doing very well even though it is in a formative stage. But all indicators of success have shown us that the Board is a Board to beat in this country from the improved receipts that we have been getting almost every month, he explained.
Source: Voice of Nigeria