By Ndahi Marama
GOVERNOR Kashim Shettima, yesterday, presented Borno’s 2018 budget of N170. 2 billion, with education getting the highest allocation of N27 billion in a proposal that allocated N108.4 billion (65 percent) to capital projects, leaving recurrent projects with N61.8 billion.
Addressing the state House Assembly in Maiduguri, Governor Shettima announced that the draft, entitled Budget of Resettlement and Empowerment, is to be financed from expected internally-generated revenue, IGR, of N16,075,548,000; allocation from the Federation Account of N115,734,194,000; and Capital Receipt of N38,469,772,000.
He explained that the total capital expenditure is N108,408,580,000 and the total recurrent expenditure is N61,870,934,000. The 2018 budget size, he noted, is less than that of 2017 by N13,560,875,081, which represents 7.38 percent.
Announcing sectoral allocations, Shettima said N12.6 billion was set aside for building infrastructures and management of secondary school education; N10.3 billion, tertiary schools, and N4.4 billion for primary and junior secondary schools, through the State Universal Basic Education Commission, with the combine total for education standing at N27.2 billion.
Trailing education, the governor announced allocation of N22.6 billion for construction of major roads, drainage and boosting transportation through the Ministry of Works and Transport; N17.7 billion, healthcare infrastructures, consumables and other related needs; N9.8 billion to complete reconstruction of destroyed communities, rehabilitation and resettlement of victims of insurgency; while N8 billion was set aside for agriculture among others.
Shettima recalled that “during the 2017 fiscal year, government made efforts to reconstruct or rehabilitate institutional structures and residential buildings which were destroyed by the insurgents.
“Most of the schools, health centres and residential houses in some of the local governments destroyed during the insurgency have been reconstructed and services fully restored.
“The affected councils include Konduga, Damasak, Dikwa, Askira/Uba, Kaga and Mafa.”