By Yelmi Luka, Bauchi, Omotola Yemisi-Lagos, Jimmy Ibukun-Abeokuta

 Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed on Tuesday signed into law, the 2021 budget estimate totaling Two Hundred and Thirteen Billion, Nine Hundred and Fourteen Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Nine Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty Seven Naira (N213, 914, 559,427).

This is coming as Lagos and Ogun State Houses of Assembly passed budget bills of N1.163trillion and N338.6billion respectively for their states.

While signing the Bauchi State appropriation bill at the banquet hall of the government house Tuesday night, Governor Bala Mohammed thanked members of the state assembly for working round the clock and in synergy with the state executive council to complete work on the budget within ten days.

He said by working for the common goal of serving the people collectively with the state assembly dominated by the opposition, Bauchi has set the pace of politics.

“I am always grateful to Allah for giving me the kind of state assembly members who have recognized that we are guided by the fear of Allah and by one common thing, that is Bauchi project, the people who voted us into power”, he said.

The Governor expressed delight that there were very little changes in the budget as submitted to the state assembly, saying that “what they did is what I would have even done to expand provision of projects and programs across the local councils and all the villages and towns so that there will be equity and justice”.

Tagged, the ‘Budget of Consolidation’, the Governor said that the 2021 budget is larger than that of last year said that the ratio of recurrent and capital is within the global best practice, adding that government is looking at the basic outcome of the budget to make sure that every sector is affected positively.

He said the people of Bauchi deserve better treatment, hence government’s decision to introduce Bauchi urban renewal project to upgrade the state capital.

Governor Bala said the state government is also investing in Agriculture, water supply, youth and women empowerment, adding that rural roads are being opened up by making sure that connectivity is created between the rural markets and the urban centers.

Earlier, the speaker of the assembly, Rt. Hon Abubakar Sulaiman recalled that the 2021 budget proposal was presented to the house by the Governor on the 15th of December, 2020 for consideration.

He said out of the total budget, Ninety Three billion, Nine Hundred and Ninety Four million, Nine Hundred and Seventy One Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty Five Naira (N93,994,971,685), representing 43 percent goes to recurrent expenditure.

Meanwhile, Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday passed a budget of N1.163trillion for 2021. It was named- “Budget of Rekindled Hope.”

According to the report of the Appropriation Committee which was presented during plenary by the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Planning and Budget and Finance, Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2), Recurrent Expenditure is N460.6billion, while Capital Expenditure stands at N702, 94billion.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on November 9 presented budget estimates of N1.155 trillion to the House of Assembly for approval for the 2021 fiscal year.

Recurrent Expenditure is N460.6billion, while Capital Expenditure stands at N702, 94billion.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun State House of Assembly also passed the  2021 Appropriation Bill of N338,610,943,021.86, with slight adjustments in the recurrent and capital expenditure estimates, as well as revenue projection.

The adjustments were spread across 74 agencies, including the capital receipt.

The Bill was presented to the lawmakers by Governor Dapo Abiodun for their consideration about a month ago.

The passage of the Bill followed the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation chaired by Olakunle Sobunkanla, who also moved the motion for its adoption, seconded by the Minority Leader, Ganiyu Oyedeji and supported by the House through a voice vote.

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