By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, of Kaduna State, on Monday, disclosed that, the Kaduna State House of Assembly increased the budget size to N259.25bn, up from the N257.9bn in the draft budget that was presented by Dr. Hadiza Balarabe on October 15, 2019.
El-Rufai, made this known during his speech when he signed the 2020 Budget of Kaduna State which took place at Government House Council Chamber in Kaduna.
According to him, the N184.1bn (71% ) of the 2020 Budget is capital expenditure, while recurrent expenditure is N75.14bn.
He explained that, the capital expenditure on Education and Health constitute N75.44bn of the entire N184.1bn capital budget, while capital spending on Infrastructure and Housing will take N68.5bn.
He said, it is indeed a great honour to sign the 2020 budget, he also expressed his gratitude to God, the Speaker and members of the House for consistent passing of the budget and presentation to the executive arm to ensure the implementation of the budget from the beginning of the year for over five years.
According to him, they are hard-working House, who have dedicated themselves to their duties in the history of the state.
He explained that, during their first term, they signed into law more than 30 laws in the state.
“We are working as partners, it was achieved duo to the Speaker and members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly commitments.”
He commended the Deputy Governor for her commitment towards working with them to succeed.
“She has led the production of budget by presenting it to the House, I thank you honourable Speaker for making the Deputy to present the budget on my behalf.
“The budget was increased with over two billion, I am confident that, we will execute the budget to the latter,” he assured.
In a remark, The Honourable Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, said the House is in conformity with the budget.
He assured the State Governor of his readiness at ensuring the progress of the state.