Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe on Thursday presented a budget of N69.3 billion to the state’s House of Assembly for the 2017 fiscal year.
The budget tagged: “Budget of Consolidation and Self reliance”, represents N19.5 billion or 22 per cent below the 2016 budget of N88.9 billion .
Mr. Gaidam said the budget was based on the economic realities of the country and the state.
He said the state was expecting N35.3 billion from statutory allocation, N3.8 billion from Internally Generated Revenue and N7.4 billion from Value Added Tax (VAT).
“Government intends to spend the sum of N27.407 billion or 39.5 per cent to cater for capital expenditure, while the sum of N41.9 billion or 60.5 per cent is earmarked for recurrent expenditure,” he said.
He said the state Ministry of Education had the highest sectoral allocation of N17.7 billion followed by the Ministry of Works with N10.7 billion and Ministry of Finance, N10.3 billion
Reviewing the 2016 budget, the governor said the sum of N49.8 billion was the actual receipt of revenue by government out of the N88.9 billion budget.
He appealed to the Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the budget so as to improve the lives of the people.
The Speaker of the House, Adamu Dala-Dogo, assured the governor that the bill would receive accelerated passage in the interest of the people.
“I also want to assure you that as anti-corruption ambassadors, the house will pass the bill without padding, we are not going to pad it,” Mr. Dala-Dogo assured.