Kwara Proposes N157.5b Budget For 2019, Kebbi N151.6b, Benue N196.5b
Kwara Proposes N157.5b Budget For 2019, Kebbi N151.6b, Benue N196.5b – Kwara State government has proposed a budget of N157,504,952,561 for the 2019 fiscal year, while Kebbi plans to spend N151.6 billion and Benue N196,502, 626,436.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, while presenting the budget proposal to the House of Assembly yesterday, said that with N1,461,612,762 addition, the proposal is one per cent higher than that of 2018.
Ahmed, who presented his last budget proposal as governor, disclosed that the ‘Budget of Consolidation and Prosperity’ would consolidate on past achievements and complete all ongoing projects. The governor noted N77,720,474.77 (49 per cent) as recurrent expenditure and N79,784,478,484 (51 per cent) is for capital projects.
Also yesterday, Governor Bagudu Abubakar of Kebbi, while presenting the N151.6 billion estimate to the House of Assembly, said that it would emphasize more on the economic sector which was allotted N35.47 billion. While the capital budget is N104.68 billion, the current expenditure is N46.7 billion.
The governor disclosed that agriculture, his administration’s major priority, was allocated N10.48 billion, and N26.15 billion for administration. Kebbi assembly speaker, Abudulimum Kamba, assured the governor of full implementation of the budget for the benefit of the people.
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, who also presented a budget of N196,502,626,436 yesterday through his deputy, Benson Abounu, said that it was christened ‘Budget of Peace, Security and Prosperity in Benue’.
The governor appealed to Benue people to join the present administration to stem the tide of insecurity in the state. The sum of N106 billion was earmarked for recurrent expenditure, while N90 billion was for capital expenditure.
Ortom further said that N52 billion was proposed for the administrative sector, with N86 billion meant for economic sector, while N52.9 billion was budgeted for the social sector.
Receiving the budget, the assembly speaker, Titus Uba, pledged that members would give prompt attention to the budget estimate to ensure speedy passage.