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Jigawa governor presents N152.9bn 2020 budget to Assembly

Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, on Tuesday presented a total sum of N152.92 billion 2020 appropriation bill to the state House of Assembly.

The governor presented the budget during the House plenary session.

He said the budget was directed at sustaining economic growth and “social transformation of the state.”

Governor Abubakar noted that the budget was lower than the 2019 budget by 4.5 percent.

According to him, the budget will focus on expanding access to quality human development services particularly in the area of education, health and economic empowerment.

The governor added that the budget would address the issue of out-of-school children and malnutrition among children, pursuit of multi-sectoral social protection programs that prioritize children and women and improved local governance and community mobilization for participation in the socio-economic development process.

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“The sum of N75.183 billion is being proposed for capital investments during the 2020 Fiscal Year, a drop of 1.8 percent from the 2019 estimates. But it is worth noting that the eight sectors involved in the MTSS process account for over 90 percent of the capital budget which should ensure strong alignment between the proposed budget and our medium-term sector plans.”

“The total proposed recurrent expenditure is just about 1 percent higher than the amount being proposed for capital investments with personnel cost alone accounting for almost 30 percent.

The education and health sectors account for about 37 percent and 11 percent respectively, and while allocation to the education sector surpasses the EFA Goal of 27 percent, that of the health slightly falls short of the 15 percent Abuja Declaration due to our meeting the primary healthcare target of one facility per ward early this year, “ the governor added.

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