Kaduna lawmakers pass N179bn 2013 budget

Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero

The Kaduna State House of Assembly has presented the approved 2013 Appropriation Bill of N179 billion to the executive for assent.

The budget passed by the Assembly has an increment of about N5 billion from the initial estimates of about N175 billion presented by late Governor Patrick Yakowa to the House on December 13, 2012.

The leaders of the Assembly presented the appropriation bill to the Kaduna State Governor, Ramalan Yero, on Wednesday at his office in Kaduna.

While answering questions from journalists after presenting the bill, the House Majority Leader, David Umoru, dismissed insinuations that Mr. Yero had withdrawn the budget estimates presented by the late governor.

He said at no time did Mr. Yero tamper with the Appropriation Bill as presented by his late boss.

Mr. Umoru also said even the N5 billion increment was done by the lawmakers. He said the increment became imperative due to the inclusion of some on-going capital projects that were not contained in the initial budget.

The Majority Leader said if the appropriation were to be withdrawn, it would have followed a procedure that cannot be hidden but be made public like the initial presentation.

On the letter of protest by some groups on alleged imbalance of the budget, Mr. Umoru said there is no way all parts of the state can have equal number of projects at the same time. He however asserted that the petition has been sent to the appropriate quarters for necessary action.

Earlier, Governor Yero said he never saw the budget until the presentation. He denied ever altering the budget as presented by his predecessor.

He promised to study it as passed by the legislature before accenting his signature. He assured that after accenting, the appropriation would be diligently implemented.

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