By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, Katsina
Katsina State Government has proposed the sum of over N211 billion for the year 2018.
The 2018 budget is higher than that of last year with over N71.3 billion which was over N140 billion proposed for outgoing year.
The 2018 budget was tagged “Budget of Actualization”.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari disclosed this while laying the budget estimates on the floor of the House of Assembly before the Speaker, Abubakar Yahaya Kusada.
According to the governor, the 2018 budget has over N51 billion as recurrent while over N160 billion was for capital expenditure.
Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari further said the 2018 budget would concentrate on the six priority areas of education, water supply, agriculture, roads, infrastructure as well as rural and social development.
The governor revealed that the priority areas represent sixty three per cent of the capital expenditure for the year 2018 out of which education got twenty per cent.
He added that the next year’s budget was designed to actualize policies and programmes of the current APC-led administration, subject to the flow of revenue to the state in the coming year.
According to Governor Masari, part of the 2018 budget highlights over N24 billion, overhead more than N12 billion, consolidated charges over N14 billion among others.
On the 2017 budget, Alhaji Aminu Masari said as at 31st October, the recurrent expenditure stood at more than 49 billion Naira while the capital expenditure is more than 68 billion Naira.
On the overall 2017 budget performance he said the implementation stood at 55%, which exceeded that of 2016.
The Governor said successes were recorded in the six critical areas of education, health, agriculture, water resources, infrastructure development, environment, social and rural development.
Alhaji Aminu Masari expressed gratitude to God, people of the state, the house of assembly, emirs of Katsina and Daura, Chieftains of his political party – APC and other stakeholders for their support and cooperation, which helped in achieving the desired successes from 2015 to date.
The governor expressed hope that the house will give speedy passage of the budget to enable people of the state continues to enjoy democratic dividends.
The 2016 budget presentation by Governor Aminu Masari was witnessed by his deputy Mannir Yakubu, the Chief Judge the Grandkhadi, State APC Chairman, Chieftains of the APC among others.
Meanwhile, Education sector got the highest allocation of over N42 billion Naira in the 2018 budget estimates.
The Special Adviser on Budget and Planning, Alhaji Abdullahi Imam confirmed this during budget breakdown coordinated by the Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Hamza Mohammed Borodo held at old Government House, Katsina.
According to the Special Adviser, roads construction got N23.5 billion, health over N23 billion, water resources was allocated over N19 billion as well as agriculture was allocated N14 billion.
Alhaji Abdullahi Imam disclosed that the recurrent expenditure for the year 2018 was over N51 billion while the capital expenditure stood at over N160 billion.
He further said economic sector has over N42 billion, social sector N47.1 billion, Regional sector N52.1 billion, administrative sector N68 billion, Judiciary N691 million and legislature N302.7 million.
The Special Adviser further said the contingency was allocated N2.7 billion and debt servicing N7.3 billion in anticipation of IDB now being negotiated.
On the 2017 budge the Special Adviser Budget said it started with an opening balance of N18.5 billion from the 2016.
He revealed that on the overall 55% performances has been recorded.
The Special Adviser on Banking and Finance, Faruk Lawal said the current APC-led administration has never been found guilty of budget offence.
He disclosed that N2.2 billion is being spent monthly on salaries and pensions and payment was regular since the present government came into office in 2015.
Alhaji Faruk Lawal appealed to members of the public to make meaningful contributions during public debates on the budget as proposed by the state house of assembly.