El-Rufai proposes budget of N171b for 2016
Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on Tuesday presented the 2016 proposed budget of N171.7 Billion to the State House of Assembly. The budget titled, ‘Budget of Sacrifice, Restoration and Change,’ is aimed at making the state great again.
Presenting the budget proposal at the chambers of the State Assembly, El-Rufai said the budget is made up of N109.3b capital and N62bn.4bn recurrent expenditure.
He said that the programs are at the heart of the 2016 budget proposal, which reflects a clear shift from the practice of solely funding and running the government of a few to that of providing infrastructure and services to the citizens.
The breakdown shows that Economic Sector, Agriculture and Forestry has 5,577,475,527.60; Commerce, Industry and Tourism has 1,336,000,000.00, while Works, Housing and Transport is allocated 31,352,898,071.95.
Others include Education – 27, 548, 679, 874.23; Health – 6, 661, 683, 063.73 and Social Development – 461, 551, 200.00.
El-Rufai explained that, “The budget proposals restore the minimum of 60:40 ratios in favor of capital expenditure. This is in keeping with our agenda to expand access to Education, Healthcare, Jobs and Security.
“Our investments in infrastructure and interventions in school feeding, planting of economic trees, and waste collection, are expected to create 200,000 direct and indirect jobs amongst youths, women and other vulnerable groups.
“Following the town hall meeting and other public consultations, we have revised upwards the capital estimates to accommodate projects like the reconstruction of the collapsed dam in Birnin-Gwari, clearance of inherited arrears on Zaria Water project and construction of access roads that will bring the Kagoro Hills Tourism project closer to realization.
“The 2016 revenue and expenditure estimates add up to N171.7 billion, comprising N109.3bn (64%) capital and N62.4 (36%) recurrent components. Our fiscal assumptions are based on a conservative benchmark crude oil price, at about US$39.50 per barrel.
“Any excess revenues arising from oil price appreciation will be saved and accounted fully to this Honorable House for supplementary appropriation if needed, as required by the Constitution before spending.
“With your accelerated passage of our fiscal responsibility, land administration and tax reform bills into law this year, we intend in 2016 to grow internally-generated revenue such that it attains parity with federal statutory allocations. Our intention is to be paying all public service salaries from IGR by the end of 2016,” he added.
El-rufai also said his administration will construct a 90-kilometer ring-road that will link eastern end western sectors of the state metropolis and decongest the township roads.
The governor said the road project, which is intended to pass behind Rigasa to Millennium City, is going to be a Public and Private Partnership, on which discussion had reached advanced stage.
El-Rufai equally disclosed that, a total of N30 million has been set aside in the proposed budget for the establishment of Kaduna Sports Academy along Kaduna-Abuja Road.
“Kaduna Ring-Road is a 90km toll road that will link the Eastern and Western sectors of Kaduna from behind Rigasa and across River Kaduna beyond the Millennium City. The project is intended to be a PPP and discussions have advanced with domestic and international firms to begin construction in 2016. The amount in the budget is for feasibility studies and engineering designs plus equity contribution for the project’s take-off.
“In order to provide avenues to engage our youths and develop talent in sports, we plan to establish a Sports Academy in the State. Already, the site for the Academy has been identified along Kaduna-Abuja Road. A provision of N30,000,000 has been made in the 2016 budget for planning and preliminary design of the Academy.
“On water, with N11.4bn for Zaria Water project arrears and current payments, waterworks rehabilitation projects in Ikara, Kafanchan, Kagoro, Kaduna, Kwoi, Manchok, Saminaka, the old Zaria plant and the ABU Samaru waterworks.
In a remark, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, pledged to ensure the prompt consideration and approval of the budget proposal to ensure the executive gets to work.