Malam Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has signed the 2018 budget of about N220 Billion into law. The State governor signed the budget at the Kaduna state Government house yesterday after the Kaduna State House of Assembly approved the budget.
The Kaduna State Government has tagged the 2018 budget for the state as the “Budget of Consolidation.” The State governor said that this budget of consolidation is in line with the promises he made during his campaign as it ensures that the government spends more on the citizens than running the government.
The budget which totals N216.55 billion was broken down by the government; N131 billion would be for capital expenditure and the recurrent expenditure will be N85 billion for the year 2018.
Governor El-Rufai said “The 2018 budget size is N216.55 billion, of which N131.1 billion is capital expenditure. This is 60.54% of the budget and it is consistent with our agenda to spend more on the people than running the government”
“But the recurrent expenditure is also substantial, at N85.44 billion, reflecting our commitment to discharge our obligations to current personnel in the public service and the new staff that are being recruited by many of our agencies, ” the Governor said while explaining the plan for the budget.
When pressed about the situation of the “incompetent teachers” that were being let go, he responded “The present government radical actions in the education sector considers the future of 2 million primary school pupils as being above whatever sentiments 22,000 unqualified teachers may mobilize.
Kada News Mag gathered that Kaduna state was projecting a record income revenue for 2017 and it is safe to assume that this increased income would make the seemingly large 2018 budget feasible.
The Kaduna State Governor assured all the people present at the signing of 2018 budget into law that the full implementation of the budget would begin on the 1st of January, 2018.