Niger state Governor in North Central Nigeria, Abubakar Sani Bello has signed over N211billion 2022 appropriation bill into law.
The Governor signed the bill on Wednesday in Niger State Government House Minna, the state capital.
A statement by Mary Noel Barje, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor said Governor Bello appreciated the efforts of the state lawmakers in passing the bill in record time adding that his administration has been enjoying cordial relationship with the Legislative arm of government.
The Governor further commended the perseverance of the lawmakers in ensuring that the right thing is done in the affairs of the state.
“I have seen reasons in their stubbornness sometimes and I must confess I really appreciate it because most times they are right and that is how it should be.
So when we have our differences we come back and we reconcile”, the Governor said.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello further said his administration is poised to fund the budget completely as it is the last full budget to be implemented by the present administration.
He stressed that the Board of Internal Revenue in the State is also determined to improve the state Internally Generated Revenue in addition to other sources of revenue in the state.
“On our part, we will try and see that we implement the budget but of course it is subject to availability of funds.
As we are all aware the budget is just a statement, we hope that we are able to fund it 100% “.
The Speaker of Niger State House of Assembly, Abdullahi Bawa, who assured that the State Assembly will through its oversight functions, ensure full implementation of the budget, said the budget was adjusted to cater for some MDAs that were hitherto not captured properly.
The Niger State Governor had on the 4th of November, 2021 presented a budget of over N198 billion with the Capital expenditure of N124 billion and recurrent expenditure at N74 billion.
The bill was however passed by the State Assembly on the 22nd of December, 2021 with an increase of N13 billion.
The capital size of the budget signed according to the statement is N131 billion representing 62% while recurrent budget size is now N80 billion representing 38%.
Niger Governor assents to 2022 appropriation bill into law