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Gov Gaidam signs N65bn budget

By Bala Ajiya

DAMATURU — Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has signed into law a budget of N65 billion for the year 2010. This represents an increase of N2.7 billion over initial proposal of about N62 billion.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Governor Gaidam said this upward review of the budget by the Yobe State House of Assembly made it imperative for government to intensify its efforts on generation of internal revenue with a view to providing more funds for the execution of viable capital projects for upliftment  of the living condition of the people of Yobe.

Gaidam explained that the budget, tagged  “Budget of continuity” presented by the Yobe House was for capital and recurrent expenditure.

He also reminded accounting officers in all ministries, departments and agencies to live up to expectation and justify the confidence reposed in them, urging them to adhere strictly with the new system of budget classification during the fiscal year.

Approves salary increase for college staff
Meanwhile, Gov. Gaidam has approved the implementation of 80 per cent CONTISS salary scale for academic staff of Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua.

In a statement by Director of Press Affairs to the Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, he said the negotiation between the state government and representatives of the college academic staff necessitated the increase to motivate the lecturers.

ARMTI begins programme in 6 zones
He noted that the institute had already commenced the running of the programme in six geopolitical zones including Owerri, Bauchi, Sokoto, Bayelsa, Abeokuta and Ilorin.

Onietan who was represented by Dr Dele Windapo, Executive Director of the institute, noted that the programme would aid a better understanding of the poverty situation in the country.

He lauded the headship of the Federal Civil Service and the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, for conceptualizing the project and providing the funds for the programme.


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