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2019: Kano Gov. Presents N219.6 Billion Budget to State Assembly

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Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Wednesday presented N219.6 billion Appropriation Bill for 2019 to the Kano State House of Assembly.

Tagged, “Budget of Sustainable Development,” the 2019 proposed budget was 12 percent lower than that of 2018.

Ganduje said the 2019 proposed appropriation bill was designed to attain the goal and agenda of its administration as 62 percent of the bill was dedicated to capital project.

The governor explained that under the aggregate budget proposal, a total of N136,644,460,786 representing 62 percent is dedicated to capital expenditure.

He noted that on the other hand that a total of N836.1 billion representing 38 percent to recurrent expenditure.

He announced that the budget would be financed through the IGR, federal receipt and grants.

Ganduje hinted that the 2019 proposed budget would focus on the completion of ongoing projects in key sectors such as health, infrastructure, agriculture and other key sectors.

Ganduje revealed that under the proposed bill N10 million would be released to political wards across the 44 local government areas of the state to ginger participatory and speedy developments of the grassroots.

Under infrastructural development, a total of N35 billion was proposed for the construction of a new flyover at Kofar Mata, modern abattoir, expansion of Aminu Kano Way, Karaye to Rogo Road, and Banki to Lambu in Dawakin Tofa Road.

Other key areas lined up for infrastructural development included Bypass to Tsamiya Babba Road, Kwanar Jaba to Rimin Kebe Road, Tukuntawa to Danmaliki Kumbosto Road, take-off and completion of Bunkure Road, Dawakin Kudu to Lahadin Makole Road, Tsanyawa to Dumbulun Road, Bataiya to Rigai Road, expansion of Katsina Road, among others.

Additionally, the state government proposed to construct new 100 units of 100 units of 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom low-cost houses, urban mass transit and take- off of the Kano Light Rail project.

On Education sector, Kano state government intended to construct 1000 new classrooms, provision of new desk and chairs for the existing classrooms.

A total of N16 billion was earmarked for the completion of key projects at Yusuf Maitama Sule University, while N6 billion would be expended on renovation of libraries in other state-owned higher institutions.

Other sectors such as Health got a proposal of N25 billion. Water Resources got over N26 billion which has been budgeted for the provision of water supply in the state, and procurement of other water facilities.

Rural Development got N2 billion, while N9.4 billion was allocated to Agriculture, Environment sector got N3 billion, Commerce and manufacturing, N1.6billion, while Women and Social Development secured N900 million for 2019 proposed appropriation bill.

The Security and Justice sector also got N2.8 billion as General Administration got N7.8 million for next fiscal year.

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