Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Monday signed into law the state’s N248 billion Appropriation Bill 2021 passed by the State House of Assembly.
The Executive had earlier presented a N208 billion budget proposal into the Legislature but the fiscal proposal was jerked up to N248 based on what the Legislators was aimed at catering for industrial projects by the Borno plastic industry and the Maiduguri International Hotel, amongst other projected captured s contained in the bill.
Governor Zulum had in his initial presentation proposed N135.1b for capital projects, which represented 65% of the budget sum, and N72b as recurrent expenditures.
The governor, had while signing the increased budget on Monday at the Government House in Maiduguri, charged all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to comply strictly with the provisions of the 2021 appropriation law.
This is even as he directed all commissioners to intensify activities in their ministries in order to make the budget impact positively on the people.
The governor commended the leadership and members of the House of Assembly for their cooperation with the executive arm over the years, promising that in the 2021 fiscal year the his administration will sustain its priority on Security, Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, provision portable water as well as reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of internally displaced persons and refugees in the state.
Earlier in his remarks, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan, explained the increase of the budget from N208b to N248b was aimed at stimulating industrial growth and by so doing, increase job opportunities.