Politics

Gov. Zulum signs N269.6bn Borno budget into law

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State on Monday assented to the increased of N269,696,860.00 budget for the fiscal year 2022 Appropriation Bill that was passed into law by the Borno State House of Assembly.

The initial budget proposal of N267,921,484.00 has now been increased from four ministries budgets during the ministerial House Committee on Appropriation consultations with the various ministries and subsequent house readings of the bill by the house members where over N1.7 billion was increased from the initial N267,921,484.00 to a total of N269,696,860.00 budget proposal for the 2022 fiscal year.

He also signed into the two bills the federal government asked all the states of the federation to domesticate and pass into law through the State House of Assembly, the Borno State Child Protection Rights Act and the Borno State Violence Against Persons Act.

The governor noted that before the bills were signed into law in compliance with the federal government directives, the bills were subjected to various committee and public hearing processes before it was finally presented to the state assembly for consideration.

While signing the bill at the State Council Chamber of the Government House Maiduguri, Governor Zulum appreciated the lawmakers for speedy passage of the bill as well as the house members cooperation and support to the executive arm of government in achieving all the successes recorded on projects execution and implementation.

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He assured continuous cordial working relationship towards delivery of good governance to the people across the state despite the security challenges.

He enjoined all stakeholders to cooperate with each other to move the state to greater heights as governance is all about service to the people.

Governor Zulum also noted that the state executive council has changed the tune of governance by ensuring that all projects needed to be executed must have a requisition form processed and approved through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

He added that all expenditures must be monitored and have a framework for the purpose of avoidance of impromptu expenditures.

Earlier the Speaker Borno State House of Assembly (BOSHA), Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan while presenting the 2022 Appropriation Bill, said it took the state assembly 30 days from the receipt of the executive bill in the 2022 Appropriation Bill to pass the bill having subjected the proposal to various house committee and Appropriation for consultations and scrutiny.

He added that after the various cross examination and recommendations of the committees and further consultations, the bill was well deliberated and passed into law by the house.

The Speaker also commended the governor for his support and cooperation with the BOSHA members.

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