From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni has proposed a budget estimate of N217 billion for the 2024 fiscal year.
Buni, who presented the proposal to the state lawmakers on Tuesday during their plenary at the House of Assembly complex in Damaturu, said the budget is tagged the “Budget of Consolidation and Economic Recovery.”
The proposed budget comprises a total sum of N217 billion for capital, recurrent, overhead, and personnel costs. Out of this amount, N94.156 billion, representing 43.39%, is proposed as recurrent expenditure, while N122.844 billion, representing 56.61%, is allocated for capital expenditure.
“I want to reassure you that the government will remain steadfast in its commitment to the progress and development of our dear state. Our target has always been driven by a strong commitment to the well-being and prosperity of our state,” Buni said.
According to the governor, the budget will focus on the administration sector, where a sum of N26.682 billion has been allocated for both capital and recurrent expenditure. The sector comprises the Government House, House of Assembly, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Office of the Head of Service, Ministry of Home Affairs Information and Culture, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Ethical Re-orientation, State Independent Electoral Commission, Civil Service Commission, Local Government Service Commission, State and Local Government Auditors-Generals’ Offices, among others.
“In the upcoming fiscal year, we will focus on providing a conducive working atmosphere for the Civil Servants and public officeholders. In this respect, we would intensify efforts towards completion of the Ministry of Budget Office complex, Multipurpose Hall, NLC Secretariat, and additional work at the I.B.B Secretariat. Renovations of various offices and the provision of office furniture and equipment have also been allocated funds in the 2024 budget proposal. Official and utility vehicles would also be made available to some MDAs including the Judiciary. Government would also support the training of civil servants to build their capacity and enhance productivity,” Buni said.
He commended and appreciated the leadership and entire members of the Yobe State House of Assembly for their support and cooperation. “The cordial working relationship between the legislative and executive arms of government has no doubt contributed to the modest achievements recorded by this administration. I look forward to a more rewarding and fulfilling partnership to serve our people better,” Buni said.
“Similarly, on behalf of the government and people of Yobe state, I wish to extend our profound gratitude to the President and Commander in Chief, His Excellency President Ahmed Bola Tinubu GCFR, the gallant officers and men of the Security agencies and vigilante groups, and the development partners for their support in our post-insurgency recovery programme,” Buni added.