Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Thursday signed the state N163.9 billion 2022 budget into law.
Speaking at the ceremony in Damaturu, Buni commended the state House of Assembly for the accelerated passage to the budget, presented on Nov. 11.
He, however, noted that the House slashed the figure from N164 billion to N163.9 billion.
The governor said with the adjustment, the capital expenditure was N90.3 billion, while the recurrent expenditure stood at N73.7 billion.
Buni said the budget tagged “Budget of continuity empowerment and accelerated development” would focus on completing ongoing projects, creating employment, infrastructure development and revitalisation of agriculture and education.
He also commended the lawmakers for codification of the state Revenue Laws, which paved way for the establishment of a single account for effective revenue generation.
“I congratulate the House for two consecutive years of record-breaking rating by BudgIT, an independent budget monitoring and implementation organisation.”
“Yobe is rated as second best state in capital budget expenditure, which promotes service delivery in education, healthcare, trade, commerce, road construction, housing, among others.”
“I dedicate these great achievements to the good people of Yobe, and assure you of our commitment to build on this feat to provide more dividends of democracy to our people,” Buni said.
Alhaji Lawan Mirwa, the Speaker of the House, commended Buni for prudent management of resources and adherence to due process in award and execution of contracts.
He pledged support and cooperation of the lawmakers towards successful implementation of the state education revitalisation programme.