Bauchi governor presents N202b budget to Assembly
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has presented the 2023 appropriation bill to the House of Assembly for scrutiny.
Mohammed said the ‘Budget of Accomplishment and Renewed Commitment’ comprises capital and recurrent expenditure of N202,641,558,614.
While recurrent expenditure is put at N87,923,242,953 (43 per cent), capital projects are proposed to gulp N114,714,558,650 (57 per cent) of the budget, the governor said.
The 2023 budget is about 2.6 per cent higher than the N179 billion budget of 2022 because of inflationary trends and the current economic reality, Mohammed explained.
Speaker of the Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, said the House, like in the past three years, would give the budget careful and speedy consideration and subsequently pass it into law before the end of the year for implementation at the beginning of next year.
He said: “This is with a view to enhancing the gains recorded by the present administration in all areas of human endeavour and consolidating on the massive transformation going on in all parts of the state.
“As we commence this process, I call on all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to aid the smooth running of the process by providing the House committees all relevant information and explanations that will be required during the budget defence.”
“At this juncture, I will reiterate that one of the major responsibilities of the legislative arm is an oversight. Thus, the MDAs shall always give us maximum cooperation in discharging this constitutional responsibility.”