By: JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government has said that the reason the state is
still operating at 35%, on the budget performance in the half year 2018 came due to the loan which was granted by the World Bank but the Senators representing the state refused to approve for major projects to continue.
This was make known through its commissioner of the Ministry of
Finance, Alhaji Suleiman Abdu Kwari while presenting its half year
budget implementation report before the House Committee on Finance at the state House of Assembly.
“It is because of the foreign loan that has not crystalized due to the antics of the enemies of the people as they are being addressed, that the state is recording less than 43 per cent in the half year.
“The distinguished Senators who after going through rigorous
exercise with the World Bank, found the state worthy of the loan but decided
not to approve of it in the red chamber.
“This compelled the Kaduna State Government to take deliberate steps to
ensure that these people are repressed.”
According to him, in 2017 the state had the sum of over N43.7 billion
on the overhead but spent only N30.5 billion. “This shows that we have done very well compared to the past government who used to have a lot of funds in this area’
“Spending has been based on the areas of our priority, this has
overwhelmingly led to the 53% capital expenditure, which increase from the 17% we met to 27% in the first year and now 53%. This shows the government has performed well in terms of infrastructure,” he noted.
The commissioner added that the 2018-2020 multi-year budget was
hinged on the 2016 zero based budget principles and is tailored towards the actualization of the state development plan, with the revenue estimates that are based on the 42 dollars benchmark for crude oil prices and expectations of vastly improved performance in internally generated revenue IGR.
Weekly meetings which review the states liquidity position with the
governor as chairman is still ongoing alongside Queueing System which
ensures that releases are cash backed on first come basis.
Alhaji Kwari said the main purpose of their visit to the assembly was to give accounts of their stewardship on quarterly basis as it is in line with the open
government the state have keyed into where a government tries to make its account public and it is a responsibility which we have come to discharge as required by the laws.
He noted that the lawmaker have appreciated their performance in the
area of revenue generation which is the major problem.
On the issue of delayed in payment of salaries in Kaduna State, the
commissioner said even if the money was paid late in the month, one is still
considered to have done well.
“We cannot go out borrowing to do that, when the problem of delay is perpetrated almost everywhere, Kaduna State was the only state able to pay its civil servants, we have not defaulted in salaries but things will get better with the passage of time” he stressed.
“Our Performances are good as we have just operated a half year budget
which was expected to have been funded from the world bank loan and the
money has not come in, but we will be within less than the 43%
performance” Kwari noted.
The commissioner also commended the leadership of the Assembly for the
rancour free assembly as this has yielded a good
understanding between the executives and the legislators.”
Responding the Chairman House Committee on Finance, Alhaji Bello Gimi
said the ministry is very important to every government this is the reason they always invite them on quarterly basis to give them information on their performance
He also commended their performance as they have tried in reducing unnecessary spending on unimportant things, this has helped in saving a lot of funds to the government’s account.
The chairman however, urged them to do more in terms of revenue
generation internally as the external means of revenue generation is faced with issues beyond control.