Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state has signed the revised 2020 appropriation bill into law this Wednesday.
The amended budget of ninety nine point seven billion naira is less with more than thirty eight billion naira of the earlier appropriation bill of one hundred and thirty-eight billion naira presented to the State House of Assembly for approval.
Assenting to the revised budget the Governor explained that the downward review was necessitated by the economic aftermath brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide.
He commended the State House of Assembly for speedy passage of the revised budget and urged the members to upholding such cooperation for the development of the state.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu also acknowledged the contribution by Health Workers, Traditional Rulers, NGOs, NURTW, Journalist, Security Agencies as well as his wife Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu towards mitigating the effect of the pandemic.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said his administration would continue to serve the people with zeal and determination towards uplifting their living condition.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu commended President Muhammadu Buhari for striving to performing credibly for the development of Nigeria as manifested in the Ajaokuta gas pipeline, Kaduna – Kano project, oil exploration in Bauchi and Gombe states, ongoing reconstruction of Yauri – Koko road, award of contract for Kamba – Peka road as well as Koko – Dabai road projects.
He added that incumbent administration has also performed to its ability in spite of the economic situation as manifested in the industrializing Kebbi state.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu pointed out that twenty billion naira tomatoe processing factory in Ngaski Local Government has begun operation, while gold bar processed from gold deposit mined in the state was recently presented to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Governor announced that with the assenting of the amended budget, Kebbi state was now eligible to enjoy seven hundred and fifty million dollars from the World Bank as Covid-19 palliative.
In addition, work would soon begin on the construction of five thousand housing units throughout the state by the government.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu expressed support to financial autonomy to the legislature and judiciary to enhancing democracy in Nigeria.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Alhaji Sama’ila Abdulmumini Kamba told the Governor that Members of the House gave quick passage to the amended budget in view of its importance to the wellbeing of the people of the state.
Hon. Sama’ila Abdulmumini Kamba affirmed the readiness of the legislature to sustaining cooperation with the executive arm in the service of the people.
The State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Abba Sani Kalgo explained that the revised budget became necessary due to the global economic downturn as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which led to fall in accruing revenue.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Governor Rtd. Colonel Sama’ila Yombe Dabai, Chief Judge of the State Justice Sulaiman Mohammed Ambursa, Chief of Staff Government House Birnin Kebbi, Alh. Suleiman Muhammad Argungu Jarman Kabi, Secretary to the State Government, Alh. Babale Umar Yauri mni, acting Head of Service, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Members of the Assembly, Commissioners and top government officials.
Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari,
Chief Press Secretary
29th July, 2020