Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state has yesterday ascents the N89.93 billion budget into law with an increase of capital expenditures to over N42.7 billion to complete ongoing capital projects across the state this financial year.
Signing the appropriation bill at the weekend, in Damaturu, at the WAWA Hall of Government House, Gaidam directed all Ministries,
Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to uphold principles of probity and accountability, while awarding contracts with due process and transparency.
He said only reputable contractors should be engaged in the execution of government projects, so as to ensure quality work and get value for money in the implementation of 2016 appropriation bill.
His words: “In order to achieve the desired objectives of this budget and as part of our resolve to continue with our reform programmes, the monitoring mechanism will be strengthened.”
The governor also directed the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Baba Mallam Wali, to inform the MDAs to prepare their budget implementation work plans in accordance with the approved guidelines and submit to the Ministry of Budget and Planning.
Gaidam also appealed to the people to rededicate themselves to the task of transforming the state and imbibing the culture of financial discipline, self-reliance and innovativeness, adding that “this will make us survive economically and fare well in this trying period.”
He however, noted: “We should rededicate ourselves to our civic responsibilities by making sacrifices, embarking on self-help community development projects, paying our taxes as and when due, offering useful advice and giving information to the security agencies on the movements of suspicious individuals and groups on any matter that borders on peace and security in the state.”
The speaker of Yobe House of Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Dala Dogo, said that there was no increase in the N89.93 billion budget proposals presented by the governor to the house on December 31, 2015.
He said that there was however; an increase in the capital expenditure from N41.14 billion to N42.7 billion to complete all ongoing capital projects across the state.
His words: “This appropriation and financial bills comprise internal adjustment and review of the allocations to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with a view of allocating funds, where they are most needed in maximising the state’s scarce resources, while implementing the budget.
The budget, he said will transform the state’s socio-economic trends for economic growth and self-reliance.
He also called on stakeholders and MDAs to continue and place more emphasis on fiscal discipline and strict budgeting control through adherence to financial instructions, transparency, accountability, probity and good governance to realise set targets of 2016 budget.