Capital projects gulp 57% of KDSG budget

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From ABDULL-AZEEZ AHMED KADIR & BASHIR BELLO, Kaduna
KADUNA State Government yesterday presented the 2013 budget to the state House of Assembly with capital projects to gulp 57.9 per cent while recurrent is to take 42.1 per cent which amounts to 102,038,518,425 Naira and 74,441,824,583 Naira, as the legislature promised quick passage of the appropriation.
Presenting the budget to the state House of Assembly at Lord Lugard Hall in Kaduna, Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa said the 2013 draft Budget tagged “Budget of Consolidation and Advancement” has compelled his administration into reviewing upward charges, identifying hitherto untapped Internally Generated Revenue against the background of dwindling allocation from the Federal Account and the huge expectation by the people of the state for the delivery of the dividends of democracy.
In line with this drive, Yakowa called on residents of the State to support his administration to enhance the internal revenue base of the state.
He said the 2013 draft budget was also aimed at addressing the “infrastructural needs in terms of the provision of roads, improved water supply, standard of education and develop the capacity of our health facilities for better health care delivery”.
He stressed that “you may also wish to note that the consideration of the 2013 Recurrent and Capital Estimates is within the context of the Multi-Year Budgeting Framework that was introduced in 2009 as part of the Public Finance Management Reform in the state.
The State Executive Council, he said, has painstakingly scrutinized the 2013 Draft Estimates to ensure that a realistic Budget is presented before this Honourable House for consideration and approval.”
Therefore, the capital work of year 2012 would, in almost all cases, roll over into year 2013 for continuation, completion and consolidation”.
The revenue projection for 2013 according to the governor include Economic Sector, Agriculture – 8,490,710,285 Naira, Livestock – 76,733,180 Naira, Fishery – 19,922,480 Naira, Manufacturing – 5,000,000 Naira, Power – 490,630,680 Naira, Commerce & Finance, Cooperative & Supply- 414,297,185 Naira, Transport – 23,608,956,290 Naira which has Sub-Total of 33, 106,250,100 Naira. The social Sector has the following; Education – 13,232,630,745 Naira, Health – 6,992,374,860 Naira, Information – 6,001,859,345 Naira, Social Development – 492,899,880 Naira which also amounted to the Sub-Total of 26,719,764,830 Naira.
The Regional Development Sector are; Water Supply – N 20,398,222,675, Environment – N 1,189,306,070, Urban Development – N 3,860,401,165, Community Development – N 420,000,000 with Sub-Total of N25, 867,929,910. General Administration sector has – N 16,344,573,585.
“Our 2013 Budget of Consolidation and Advancement is expected to positively transform the areas we consider critical and urgent. Namely: Peace and Security, Infrastructural development (road, water and power), Qualitative Education; Improved Health Care Delivery, Agricultural Development and Poverty Alleviation, Civil service Reform, Enhanced Internally Generated Revenue;
“It is pertinent to observe that most of the activities listed above will enhance the creation of job opportunities for youth and women employment and empowerment” Yakowa stressed.
Responding, the Speaker of the House, Muazu Usman Gangara has pledged quick passage of the budget with “holistic scrutiny of the proposed estimates and come up with a budget that would match the current realities of the state in order to meet the yearnings and aspirations of all our dear constituents.”

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