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Sule, Mohammed sign budgets into law

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Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has signed the state’s 2021 budget of N115,722,814,343.31 into law.

He had presented N112. 9 billion estimate to the House of Assembly, but after close scrutiny, the house increased it to N115.7 billion.

While signing the appropriation bill into law in Lafia yesterday, Sule said the budget would mobilise resources for the benefit of the people.

The governor commended the lawmakers for the speedy consideration of the bill, thereby ensuring the realization of the January to December cycle.

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SIMILARLY, Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has signed the 2021 appropriation bill amounting to N213.9 billion into law.

Mohammed, while signing the bill on Tuesday night, commended the House of Assembly for scrutinising the budget within 10 days.

Hailing their patriotic spirit, irrespective of party differences, the noted that there were very little changes to the proposal presented to the house.

“What they did is what I would have done, to expand the provision of projects and programmes across the councils, so that there would be equity and justice.

“I’ve always said that Bauchi is setting the pace in politics and, irrespective of our party differences, I am always grateful to Allah for giving me the kind of members that I have in the state assembly,” he said.

Earlier, while presenting the approved budget to the governor, the Speaker, Abubakar Sulaiman, said that the lawmakers worked round-the-clock to get the budget approved within a reasonable time.

He noted that N92,994,971,655 (43 per cent) of the budget was earmarked for recurrent expenditure, while N120,919,587,773 billion (57 per cent) was for capital projects.

“Your Excellency, the timely passage of the law is not unconnected with the members’ commitment, patriotism, mutual cooperation and understanding that exist between the legislative and the executive arms of the state government,” he said.

The governor had presented a proposal of N213.9 billion tagged ‘Budget of Fulfilment and Consolidation’ to assembly on December 15.

He promised to implement all the projects therein with justice and equity, adding that his government would continue to partner with the international community to develop the state.

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