By our reporters
Six states in the North have budgeted about N732. 77 billion for the 2012 fiscal year.
Kano budgeted N210 billion; Borno, N130 billion; Jigawa, N104 billion; Sokoto, N100.77 billion; Nasarawa, N97 billion and Gombe, N90 billion.
Governors Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State; Kashim Shettima of Borno; Sule Lamido, Jigawa; Aliyu Wamakko, Sokoto; Tanko Al-makura, Nasarawa and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, presented the budget estimates to their various state Houses of Assembly within the Christmas season.
Governor Lamido of Jigawa State explained that the budget was higher than that of 2011, adding that N53.71 billion was for capital expenses, while N48.27 billion was for recurrent expenses. He said government would continue with the pursuit of policies and programmes that would lead to economic and human development.
Lamido stated that the education sector was allocated N7.35 billion, about 100 per cent higher than that of last year, while roads and transport development got N21.4 billion, even as he described the sector as the second component of the critical infrastructure sector.
Personnel cost, including payment of salaries and allowances in ministries, departments and other agencies, would gulp about N17.5 billion, showing an increase of about 12.4% largely due to increase in emoluments of the over 2,800 staff in the local government councils as well as the Gunduma councils.
According to Lamido, economic sector would take about N27.2 billion (about 51 per cent), while N2.44 billion was to be set aside as stabilisation fund.
Speaker of the House, Mr. Adamu Ahmed, said the House was fully behind the governor in his bid to develop the state.
Budget of Reality in Gombe
Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe’s budget of N93,385,150,000 billion, tagged Budget of Reality, was made up of N55,120,650, 000 billion for capital expenditure and N38,364,050,000 billion for recurrent expenditure.
A break down of the budget showed that personnel cost had N15. 177 billion; overhead cost, N15. 9 billion, while consolidated revenue fund charges, including debt servicing, had an allocation of N7. 3 billion.
On the capital expenditure, the economic sector got the highest vote of N20.795 billion; social sector, N17. 6 billion, while general administration got N7.488 billion. Dankwambo said government took into cognizance the findings and recommendations of the 12 special committees set up at the inception of his administration in June 2011.
He said the main thrust of the budget included, poverty alleviation through job creation, enhanced access to quality education and skills development through the improvement of the educational institutions at the state and local government levels, among others.
Education is Kano’s priority
In Kano State, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso presented his N210 billion estimate for the 2012 fiscal year, saying the budget had the potential of transforming the state. Tagged Budget of Economic, Restoration and Development, Kwankwaso said the budget would be funded from internally generated revenue, IGR, and grant from the Federation Account.
According to him, N138.7 billion was for capital expenditure while N71. 6 billion was for recurrent expenditure. He further pledged that his administration would embark on aggressive drive for IGR as a way of fulfilling the campaign promises made to the people during his campaign.
A breakdown of the figure showed that education got a lion share of N35 billion; health, N17 billion; water supply, N2.8 billion, while information and culture got N1.2 billion. Environment got N2.8 billion; judiciary, N3.4 billion; agriculture, N8.8 billion; women and youth, empowerment, N2.4 billion; rural development, N2.1 billion and commerce got N582 million.
Kwankwaso, however, assured that the government would promote transparency and accountability, even as the Speaker of the House, Mr. Gambo Salau, said the House was part of the government and as such would do justice to the appropriation bill.
State of emergency
for education in Borno
Governor Shettima of Borno State, in proposing N130.606 billion for the 2012 fiscal year, declared a state of emergency in the education sector. Public schools like GGSS Yerwa, Government College Maiduguri, GSS Kumshe, GSS Lassa, GSS Miringa, among others, will be closed down for complete rehabilitation, in addition to building boarding facilities at Government Day Secondary School, Marama, Gajigana and Baga.
His maiden appropriation bill, tagged Budget of Infrastructural Development and Economic Transformation, comprised N43.7 billion as recurrent expenditure and N86.8 billion is for total capital expenditure.
Shettima said the budget would be financed from the Statutory Allocation of N84.2 billion, and internally generated revenue of N28.9 billion.
He explained that he expected capital receipts of about N86.8 billion with a recurrent surplus of N69.5 billion. Breakdown of the budget showed the Ministry of Works and Transport had the largest share of N20.9 billion in line with the state government’s determination to open up rural feeder roads across the 27 council areas of the state. Education sector has N14.2 billion.
Similarly, the governor said plans were under way to construct Kukawa-Gudumbali, Damboa-Chibok-Mbalala, Miringa-Garbula-Gunda, Ngala-Kala-Balge roads, among others, as well as embark on the construction of city gates and beautification of roundabouts in addition to pedestrian bridges across Maiduguri, the state capital.
On the feeder roads, he said government would construct Bita-Izge, Shani-Kubo-Bargu, Shani- Gwaskara-Buma-Marama, Ngom-Kulli-Marte-Baderi roads, among others.
education, N9bn in Sokoto
Meanwhile, Governor Wamakko of Sokoto State also presented his N100.767 billion budget for the 2012 fiscal year tagged Budget of Renewed Commitment, to the state House of Assembly.
The budget is higher than last year’s of N76,776,473,466 by about N23,991,431,925.
Of this, N33,886,300,188 is for recurrent expenditure, while N66,881,605,203 is for capital projects.
General Administration got the highest allocation of N16,741,695, 767.00 for capital projects, including the legislature and judiciary, just as agriculture was allocated N500 million. Animal health and fisheries development, N6.8 billion; water resources, N3.434 billion; rural development, N1.7 billion; rural electrification, N2.06 billion; works and transport, N8,232,250,188.00.
Others are: education (science and technology, higher education), N9,818,500,000; information, N1.2 billion; social welfare, youth and sports, N2.7 billion; women affairs, N774 million; commerce, industries and tourism, N890 million; health, N6.8 billion, while lands, housing and survey got N5.025 billion.
In his budget speech at Lafia, Governor Al-makura of Nasarawa State proposed about N97 billion to the state House of Assembly for consideration. The budget showed an increment of N16 billion over the one by his predecessor, Alhaji Aliyu Doma in 2011.
The bill, christened Budget of Redemption, set N42,334,915,904 for recurrent expenditure, while N55,231,096,051 was for capital vote.
Al-Makura said the budget was in tandem with the resolve of his administration to fulfill its promise to uplift the socio-economic status of the people of the state.
He said: “We are determined to pursue a deliberate programme of salvaging our people from the precipice occasioned by poverty, backwardness, deprivation, disease and indeed, obvious hopelessness.’’
He added that the 2012 appropriation bill was anchored on the need to provide basic infrastructure, as well as create job opportunities for the people of the state in order to sustain their faith and confidence in government.
“In drawing up the budget, we were guided by the global economic realities characterised by fluctuations in commodity and capital markets, our internal revenue generation profile, the federally-accepted benchmark of US$70 per barrel of crude oil and the pegging of the exchange rate at N155 to the dollar.
“Our assumptions are basically dependent on the Federal Government Fiscal Strategy policy, considering that statutory revenue allocation from the Federal Account is a major source of revenue to the state,” Al-Makura added.
The sectoral highlights of the budgets has education on top of others with N14 billion, with housing and urban development trailing a distant second with N13 billion; works and transport came third with N12.4 billion.
Coming fourth is health, with N5.5 billion; agriculture with 2.3 billion; land, survey and town planning with N2.6 billion. Seventh is sports and youth development with N3.1 billion; legislature, N3.2 billion, while water re-sources and rural develop-ment got N2.6 billion.
N3.1 billion was allocated to the judiciary.