Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state governor has signed his state’s 2017 budget into law already.
Malam Nasir El-Rufai had submitted appropriation bill to the state legislature who passed argued and finally passed it.
Kaduna State Government’s 2017 budget is worth N214.921 billion.
Of this, N83.46 billion is earmarked for recurrent expenditure while N131.45 billion would be injected into capital expenditure.
From this, it appears Kaduna State will be spending a lesser percentage of her budgetary allocations on salaries.
This is in sharp contrast to the Federal Government whose recurrent expenditure far outpaces capital expenses.
El-Rufai said the budget favours the poor and is aimed at improving access to education, healthcare, infrastructure, jobs and security.
“It puts the needs and interests of our people first.
“In 2017, Kaduna state will spend N44.84 billion on education and N10.49 billion on Health.
“N24.50 billion will be spent on infrastructure, N8.1 billion on water and N4.58 billion on agriculture.
The figures shows that Kaduna State will be spending a whopping 21% of its budget on education.
He added that the program on rebuilding and expanding township roads will be pursued.
He also said that an emergency nutrition intervention program will be introduced to reduce malnutrition and hunger.
According to him, the 2017 budget contains items that reflect increased investment in security.
“It will also favour appropriate technology for deterring and detecting crimes and enabling the prosecution of criminals.”
The governor who disclosed that the state had just received a debt refund from the federal government.
According to El Rufai, the refund was not captured in the budget.
He added that a supplementary budget will soon be submitted to the state assembly to capture it.
He said 50% of the funds belong to the state government while 45% belonged to the 23 local governments in the state.