The Kaduna State Governor, Ramalan Yero, on Thursday signed into law N200.7 billion as the budget estimate of the state passed by the House Assembly.
Speaking during the signing ceremony witnessed by the Speaker and Principal Officers of the State Assembly as well as other top government officials, Mr. Yero said there was need for the state to improve its internally generated revenue, IGR, to ensure sufficient implementation of the budget.
“I like to assure the House of Assembly and indeed the entire people of Kaduna State that we shall implement this budget on the basis of available resources,” he said. “We shall concentrate on revenue generation to fund this budget. There is a great challenge with the Federal Allocation and we need to improve on our IGR.”
The governor also condemned report by a national daily that the State Assembly rejected a proposed expenditure of N30 billion SURE-P fund.
“This is misinformation because the total revenue accrued from SURE-P to Kaduna State since its inception in 2012 is not up to N30 billion,” Mr Yero said.
“I demand apology for that erroneous report or I will be left with no option than to take legal action.
“There is nowhere in the budget that we made a provision of N30 billion for SURE-P. There is no provision of the budget that has no explanation as claimed by the newspaper, if there was the House would not have passed the budget.”
He also denied the rumour that some part of the state IGR was being paid into a private account.
“I challenge anyone who has proof that we are making N3 billion monthly as IGR and that the money is being paid into a private account to come out with the facts and I am ready to account for such deed.”
He challenged those spreading the rumour to cross check the records of the state IGR since 2007 to ascertain the improvement recorded since he became Finance Commissioner to date.