By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
Kaduna State Executive Council has approved N62bn 2017 budget for the twenty three local government areas of the state,saying the council autonomy granted by the administration of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, is yielding positive results.
Briefing journalists at the end of the Council meeting held on Tuesday at Government House, Kaduna, Jafaru Sani, Commissioner for Local Government, explained that the draft budget of the councils will be sent to State House of Assembly for the passage.
Sani, said government is targeting that the 2018 council budget will be 60% capital and 40% recurrent adding that this year’s proposal will clear gratuity arrears and other issues affecting the councils.
The commissioner said the government is determined to ensure that the councils match the state government’s commitment to a 60% and 40% capital to recurrent ratio in their budget.
Sani said:”Actual percentage of the local government 10 share of state internally generated revenue amounting to the sum of N5bn was captured for the local government areas as against the sum of N1bn initially captured,resulting to N3bn increase in the total proposed revenue.
“The initial budget size was N59,233,312,655.00,while the current budget size is N62,302,538,532.00.This is as a result of the N3,069,225,877 increase in the proposed revenue.
He added:”The break down of the budget is as follows: personnel cost=N30,569,749,692.00,
overhead cost-5,187,983,302.00 and capital-26,544,538,537.00. Total=N62,302,538,532.00
“The 60%:40% capital to recurrent ratio could not be achieved due to: Arrears on Pension contribution, arrears on personnel cost and high level of personnel cost across the 23 local government councils” the commissioner said.