Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje has signed into law the 2021 budget estimate earlier approved by the state House of Assembly.
While signing the budget at the state government house, governor Ganduje said that the speed at which the house worked on the budget will give him the opportunity to commence execution.
Describing it as a people’s budget, Governor Ganduje said the total size of the budget for the year 2021 as approved by the state assembly is one hundred and seventy-seven billion, nine hundred and thirty-six million, seven hundred and thirty thousand, five hundred and forty naira only which is lower than that of 2020 due to the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, it is not the size of the budget that matters but the implementation and the capacity to generate enough resources as well as the ability to execute the project and programmes as stated in the budget so that we can get at least 90 percent implementation”
Governor Ganduje also informed the speaker that the focus of the 2021 budget is on education and the provision of infrastructural facilities within the metropolitan city of kano and the rural areas of the state.
“Mr. Speaker, we have already made a pronouncement that education in Kano state is free and compulsory from basic to secondary education so that we can make education accessible to all our children in Kano state”
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hamisu Chidari said the 2021 budget scaled third reading during a plenary after a public hearing organized by the state assembly and the house unanimously approved the budget.
“Your excellency, I wish to inform you that this budget was approved after we invited all MDA’s for bilateral discussion and finally a public hearing was conducted in which public input was obtained and used into the budget which led to the eventual passing of the bill into law”.
For now, the Kano State Appropriation bill for the year 2021 has become a law, however, the people of Kano state expect speedy implementation as promised by the state government.