Tambuwal presents N176b 2021 budget to Sokoto Assembly
Governor Aminu Tambuwal, yesterday, presented an N176, 685,535,633.27 budget proposal for 2021 to the Sokoto State House of Assembly.
Christened “Budget of Consolidation”, the estimate was lower than the N202, 444,458,429.00 originally proposed for 2020 before its eventual reduction to N153 billion in September owing to the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the governor, the recurrent expenditure is 46 per cent, while capital would gulp 54 per cent of the budget.
A further breakdown shows that education gets N38, 784,571,035.78; agriculture, N20, 770,716,027, while N179, 052,991,51 goes to health.
Tambuwal said 2020 has been a challenging year not only to Sokoto and Nigeria but the entire world following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
He noted that the outgoing year had been characterised by insecurity manifest in banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, and armed robbery, adding that the development adversely affected economic activities in the entire northwest geo-political zone.
The governor said despite the gloomy picture, the government had managed the situation, stressing that Sokoto was one of the few states in the country that had adopted realistic and inclusive budget by holding town hall meetings with stakeholders where citizens’ inputs were welcomed.
He pointed out that the major objective of the 2021 estimate was to consolidate on the modest gain of the last five years by delivering ongoing projects and initiating new ones.
Tambuwal promised that his administration would prioritise quality education and job creation for the state’s teeming youths.