Niger state governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has on Wednesday signed N134.28 billion into law, adding that the late passage of the 2018 budget by the House of Assembly could affect road construction components of the fiscal law.
The Budget which was against the earlier N128.01 billion presented by the Executive last December now has an increase of N6.27 billion.
The governor raised the fears after assenting to the appropriation bill passed by the House of Assembly last Thursday.
According to him, “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, therefore, 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.
For speedy action, he specifically directed the State Planning Commission to commence work on the budget so that it would meet the deadline.
Accordingly, Governor Sani Bello said, “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, however, appreciated the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature saying that “though there were differences, we always resolve these differences amicably”.
In his remarks before presenting the bill to the governor for 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.