The Oasis Reporters
December 29, 2018
By Moses Gbande
Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has on Friday presented a budget proposal of N86. 64 BN for the 2019 Fiscal Year to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.
Tagged a “Budget of Transition”, Al-Makura said the state government will continue to focus on people oriented projects that would have direct bearing on the lives of the citizenry.
This would mark his last budget, as governor of the North Central State.
Represented by the State Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Ayuba Ayenaje, the governor assured the Lawmakers that his administration will effect full implementation of the budget if finally passed into law for the benefit of the people of the State.
“l hereby present the 2019 appropriation bill of N86, 642, 599, 225 billion aimed at bringing the much needed dividends of democracy to the people of the state”.
According to the Governor, a total of N48,429,934,039 billion of the budget is earmarked for Recurrent expenditure while the sum of N31,038,994,046 is for Capital Expenditure.
Al-Makura who commended the state lawmakers and the people of the state for their cooperation and understanding in the last Seven and half years he has governed the state, urged them not to relent in their efforts in partnering with him to develop the state.
He appealed to the members to give the budget proposal speedy passage to enable his administration execute projects for the overall development of the state.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Speaker of the Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi who promised the House readiness to partner with the Executive in the bid to move the state to a higher level, said the budget Proposal will be given an accelerated passage.
“We will partner with the governor to take the state to the next level, we will also ensure that the budget is passed within the shortest period of time to enable the executive provide the much needed dividends of democracy to the people.”
It would be recalled that in December last year, the state government presented a budget proposal of N122.8bn to the Assembly as 2018 budget but the lawmakers jacked it up to N125.4bn and passed it into Law.
Similarly, on December 11,2018 the governor, presented a supplementary budget of N23.4bn to the Assembly which was speedily passed by the legislators.