By Musa Madobi, Kano
Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has signed into law the 2017 Appropriation Bill amounting to N217, 931, 867, 387 billion as passed by the state House of Assembly into law.
Presenting the bill to the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Kabiru Alhasan Rurum, said the House decided to add over N8 billion to the original bill after consultations with stakeholders across the state.
“Today is a great day and the good people of Kano have to celebrate because we are presenting the processed budget after consultations and public hearing. The budget we are presenting today is the budget of the good people of Kano state because everybody participated.”
According to him, despite the increment, priority areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, education and health remain the same.
Speaking shortly after signing the bill into law, Ganduje hailed the House of Assembly for doing a thorough and good job by speedy passage of the budget.
“There is no doubt that history has been made today and Kano House of Assembly deserves to be highly commended on this task. This budget which I have just signed into law is a budget of self-reliance for sustainable development.
“We are all aware that the oil money has gone down, what we are getting from Abuja is always getting down, so, we have to resort to self-reliance through our Kano State Board of Internal Revenue Service which has very well even though it is in a formative stage.
“But all indicators of success have shown us that the Board is a Board to beat in this country from the improved receipts that we have been getting almost every month.
“I am happy this budget is being increased and the increase is a judicious increase. In fact, there is zero-padding in the increment of this budget because the budget was increased as a result of consultations with appropriate authorities and also with consultations with members of the public.
“So, it is an open process that the state Assembly followed. Therefore, we must be proud of this budget and this increment. There is no doubt this budget will move the state forward.”