From AKIN ALOFETEKUN, Minna
The Niger State Government has projected N83,798,860.00 for both its capital and recurrent expenditure in the 2013 financial year. Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu, who made the budget presentation before the state House of Assembly yesterday, said the budget was 9.2 per cent less than N95 billion projected for the outgoing year. Out of the budgeted amount, Aliyu said N71.7 billion would be for recurrent expenditure while the balance of N12.06 billion would be for capital expenditure.
The governor said N53.7 billion would be generated from the Federation Account, N8.5 billion from the Value Added Tax (VAT) and N2.8 billion from Sure-P while the internally generated revenue would rake in N6.6 billion. Aliyu disclosed that the recurrent expenditure was put at N46.7 billion made up of N25.1 billion which is for personnel cost and N15.04 billion as overhead cost and consolidated fund charges at N6.5 billion.
According to him, the economic sector got the highest allocation of N11.3 billion followed by the social sector, which was allocated N10.9 billon and the regional sector got N4.6 billion with the administrative and science and technology sectors getting N10.08 billion and N50 million respectively. The governor said the administration would continue with its free education policy to cushion the effect of the global economic meltdown on parents and to encourage more children to go to school, adding that agricultural mechanization would also be given a boost to serve as income generation and employment avenues for the government and its people.
Aliyu also said the administration would also in the new financial year concentrate on provision, maintenance and improvement of water schemes across the state, adding that the Mokwa, Gwada, and Ibeto water schemes would be reactivated while efforts would be geared towards the completion of Kuta water supply scheme.
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Usman assured that the budget would be given speedy attention to ensure quick passage. Usman, however, challenged all ministries and agencies to be more responsive to their assignments and fast track their implementation procedures, remove red tape and deploy a sense of urgency in the handling of projects in the interest of the people.