Borno State Governor, Prof. Zulum
By Dauda R. Pam, Maiduguri
Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum Monday presented the 2020 appropriation bill of N134.5billion to the state house of assembly to scrutinise and pass into law for his assent.
He said the budget is made up of N67.54bn recurrent and N66.96bn capital expenditures, representing 50.37% and 49.73% respectively.
According to him, the estimates is 7.5 per cent less than that of 2019 as a result of the decrease in the oil prices benchmark which stood at USD57 and USD60 in 2019.
Gov. Zulum hinted that the recurrent expenditure is slightly higher than capital expenditure due to personnel costs and interventions to manage humanitarian crisis in the state.
He said Government intends to procure fleets of buses for both intra and inter-state mass transit services, introduce state-owned taxi cabs, trucks and pickups for transportation of goods and services as activities of KEKE NAPEP will now be exempted from plying certain major routes within the state capital as from January next year.
As it is aimed to ensure decongestion of major roads in the state capital, but, however, was quick to pledge continued support to the KEKE NAPEP operators in the state.
The estimates was tagged ”Budget of Recovery and Stabilization.”
The policy direction of his administration, he said, is to ensure effective and efficient delivery of the 10-point development agenda stressing that the objective of rejuvenating the economy, restoring dignity of labour and rekindling hope and strengthning resilience informed the decision of the name of the budget.
He listed the broad based fundamental objectives to, strengthen the security architecture, safeguard lives and properties, boost the agricultural sector and to boost food security and reduce dependency on food aids.
Others are: massive investment in education, healthcare and social welfare to reinvigorate the human resources base of the state, rekindle economic growth through job creation and support for Small Scale Enterprise (SMEs),Reconstruction and rehabilitation of Infrastructure in terms of road networks, water and sanitation, electricity and Housing etc.
The objectives also included good governance through robust and responsive public service built on principles of accountability, transparency, equity and justice in resource utilization and service delivery.
The governor also said his government will not tolerate another mass displacement, embarrassing humanitarian situation and joblessness of the energetic youth, food insecurity, massive school dropouts and hopelessness of the vulnerable group as caused by insurgency.
It is for this reason that public order and security has been allocated the sum of N5.09billion and that government intends to expand its outreach to all the local government areas, mobilize intreventions from financial institutions and other organizations and provide all necessary incentives to farmers for a bumper harvest hence the sum of N4.2billion is allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture for its recurrent and Capital expenditure adding that government is willing to cultivate 100,000 hectares of land next year.
On sectoral allocations the Ministry of Education will gulpN6.9billion, UBE N2.2billion, Teaching Service Board N4.7billion, Ministry of Higher Education, N9.14billion, Poverty Alleviation, N2.1billion, Science, Technology and Innovation N2.85billion, Youth and Sports N1.2billion, Ministry of Women Affairs, N699.9 million and Ministry of Health and Human Services N11.66billion.
Others are Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Reconcilliation N9.21 billion , Ministry of Works N7.08 billion , Water Resources N3.5 billion , Housing and Energy N4.48 billion, Trade, Investment and Tourism N3.26 billion ,Ministry of Transport N1.5 billion and Ministry of Finance N19.17billion.
According to the governor the Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries has been allocated N1.124 billion, Ministry of Environment, N2.05 billion, Borno State House of Assembly, N5.34 billion, Local Government Service Commission, N127million, Board of Internal Revenue N255 million, Civil Service Commission, N197.5 million and Governor’s Office N4.996billion.
Also Zulum said, Borno State Independent Electoral Commission is statutorily responsible for organizing, undertaking and supervision of all elections into the local government councils in the state.
The Commission is expected to organize elections into the Local Government councils in the second quarter of 2020, therefore, it is allocated the sum of N293,334,000.00 to conduct elections into the 27 local government councils in the state.