Yero signs 2014 budget into law,pledges peace ,stability



Alhaji-Ramalan-Yero 600By Lawal A. Dogara

Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero last Thursday signed the 2014 budget of the State into law. The total budget was increased by the State House of Assembly from the N198 billion proposed by the Executive arm to N200 billion.
Speaking during the signing ceremony held at the Executive Chamber of Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Governor urged the Legislature to ensure strict adherence to the provisions of the Appropriation Act through proper oversight functions.
The Governor said the Executive arm will cooperate with the Legislature in carrying out its primary responsibility of ensuring that the people get value for money through efficient budgetary spending saying it oversight function does not amount to witch-hunting but a
process of ensuring due diligence and accountability in public spending.
Governor Yero said a retreat will soon be organised for members of the Legislature, the Executive arm and civil servants in finding ways of ensuring that the budget is fully implemented for the benefit of the people.
He expressed satisfaction over the efficient consideration of the budget by the lawmakers while assuring the Legislature that the budget will be prudently implemented in accordance with provisions of the Act.
Sixty three percent (63%) of the budget which was tagged “budget of peace and continuity” is to be expended on capital projects for the provision of critical infrastructures such as roads,
hospitals, schools, rural electricity and water supply, while the remaining 37% is for recurrent expenditure.
Also speaking on the impending increase in political activities as prelude to the 2015 general elections, Governor Yero pledged to ensure peace and stability in Kaduna State saying
Government will not fold its arms and allow any person or group truncate the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the State.
Present at the brief signing ceremony were the Deputy Governor, Amb. Nuhu Audu Bajoga, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Tahir Usman Shehu , Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Hamza Ishaq Danmahawayi and principal officers of the State House of Assembly.

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