24 January 2013

Nigeria: Yobe Govt Hails Early Passage of Budget

The Yobe Government has commended the State's legislature for the early passage of its N86.6 billion budget for 2013.

Alhaji Maimala Buni, the Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs to the Governor, made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu on Thursday.

"By this development, the State House of Assembly has provided the legal framework for the timely execution of developmental projects across the state.

"I commend the assembly for carefully scrutinising the budget and speedily passing it to enable government to commence work on the proposed projects.

"Government proposes to construct over 40 roads and bridges, including dilapidated federal highways.

Buni said the State Executive Council, on Wednesday, deliberated on and approved some projects for execution few hours after the budget was signed into law by Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam.

He said the synergy between the executive and legislative arms of government in the state accounted for the 70 per cent budget implementation in 2012.

The adviser said that N53.7 billion or 52 per cent was appropriated to capital expenditure while N32.8 billion (38%) was for recurrent expenditure in the budget.

"This reflects government's commitment to provide developmental projects for economic transformation of the state.

"Government adopted a realistic budget that suits developmental peculiarities and economic strength of the state," he stressed. (NAN)

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