Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Wednesday signed into law, the Sokoto 2018 budget which was recently passed by the State House of Assembly.
Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Government House in Sokoto, Tambuwal said the of N220.5 billion document will be implemented optimally for the benefit of the citizenry.
He despite challenges in meeting revenue targets in the past years, the government is hopeful of performing to expectation in the implementation of the 2018 fiscal document.
“We are aware that the legislature has not tinkered with the overall budget size even though they have reallocated some resources to different subheads, we are happy with that.
“We believe it is within the purview of your rights as legislators to do what you have done and we will implement the as passed,” the Governor added.
While commending the lawmakers for a thorough job on the budget document, Tambuwal said it is gratifying to note that the relationship between the executive and the legislature in Sokoto has continued to blossom.
“This has helped in strengthening democracy in the state. The people should know that our relationship is not a master-servant relationship, but one based on mutual trust and respect for the two arms of government,” he stated.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Salihu Maidaji, said the legislature is satisfied with the performance of the state budget in 2017.
He urged the state government to strengthen the internal revenue board by providing logistics for enhanced performance.
He said the Assembly will work with the executive to repeal obsolete revenue laws hampering drive at effective revenue mobilisation in the state.
Highlights of the budget include the setting aside of 69.9 percent, or N152.8, for capital expenditure while the sum of N67.6 billion, representing over 30 percent, was set aside for recurrent expenditure.
And for the third year running, Education sector got the highest allocation with 26.1 percent of the total budget sum, followed by Health sector which got the sum of N20.932 billion, Agriculture got the third highest allocation with N16.535 billion.
Similarly, the sum N14.255 billion allocated to Works and Transport while Lands, Housing and Survey got the sum of N11.560 billion.
Dapchi Girls: Ortom identifies with Yobe govt over missing schoolgirls
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has identified with the government and people of Yobe State over the missing schoolgirls of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi.
The governor expressed optimism that the schoolgirls will soon be found and reunited with their families.
Governor Ortom, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase described the incident as traumatic especially for parents and relations of the schoolgirls, urging security agencies to ensure that the rest of the girls are rescued from the hands of their abductors.
He said the development in Yobe came as a shock to him adding that any attack on children is an attack on the future of the country.
Governor Ortom further assured that the people of Benue State will continue to pray for the families in Yobe whose children are yet to return following the attack on the school.
He states that insecurity in any part of the country should be the concern of every Nigerian and call for timely and useful information made available to security agencies to enable them to live up to their expectations.
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JUST IN: Student killed during protest at Plateau College of Education
The Management of the College of Education Gindiri, Mangu Local Government of Plateau state has close down academic activities in the School indefinitely, following students protest, which claimed the life of a student and properties worth millions of naira also destroyed.
Investigation revealed that the students had embarked on a protest demanding for the released of the identification card and also cancellation of a National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS Policy which they claimed to have paid to the school, but whenever the approach the school clinic the management still as them to pay another money.
New Telegraph gathered that during the protest, the students on rampage burnt down the school Clinic and also damage several cars belonging to staffs as well as destroyed doors and windows of the Administrative buildings of the institution before the arrival of the security.
Public Relationship officer of the School Mrs Elizabeth Aboreng who spoke New Telegraph on a Telephone call disclose that the students from NCE Two class had protested the released of their ID card by the school management and later took laws into their hands by burning down properties in the institution including the school clinic and Ambulance.
“The Management of the institution has close down the school indefinitely, Because the students of NCE two had issues of Identification Card which was not released to them, but the made the Acting Provost Mr Cornelius Ka-ankuka and he resolved that the ID Card was to be made available today, but surprisingly today the students went on rampage without waiting to collect the ID cards and burn down two ambulances belonging to the school, burn down the clinic and also destroy staffs cars” she said.
However, New Telegraph gathered that in the midst of the protests, one student was alleged to have been hit by a stray bullet and died on the spot.
When contacted, the Plateau State Police command, Public Relations officer, DSP Mathias Tyopev, confirmed the incident and said he is expecting details from the Divisional Police officer of Gindiri, Mangu LGC of the state.
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