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Niger Gov signs 2018 budget



Niger Gov signs 2018 budget

Gov. Sanni Bello

By Hammed Salawu, Minna
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sanni Bello, has signed the 2018 budget into law, ROYAL NEWS reports.
The governor expressed fears that the late passage of the 2018 budget by the house of assembly could affect the road construction components of the fiscal law.
He made this known in Minna on Wednesday after assenting to the appropriation bill passed by the house of assembly last Thursday.
Governor Bello said: ” We have lost almost three months in the year, we have already had the first rains in Minna the lateness in the passage of the budget will have some effects on our road projects because of the rains.”
He also charged the house of assembly to expedite action on the 2019 budget when presented saying also that the executive would ensure the fiscal estimates were ready at least in the last quarter of the year.
He specifically directed the State Planning Commission to commence work on the budget so that it would meet the deadline.
“With the signing of the bill government business will move at a faster pace, we have no excuse not to succeed, we have lost a few months due to nobody’s fault but we will make up for the lost ground”, he added.
The governor appreciated the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature saying however that though there were differences ” we always resolve these differences amicably”
Speaking before presenting the bill to the governor for his assent the Speaker, Alhaji Ahmed Marafa Guni, commended the executive arm of government for allocating more resources to capital projects instead of concentrating on recurrent.
The state is to expend over N134 billion for its services this fiscal year with 60% of the money going for capital projects and N40% to recurrent expenditure.
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