From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Ministry of Education has received the highest budgetary allocation of N40.16 billion from the 2024 budget of the state.
Governor Abdullahi Sule had assented to the 2024 budget of N199,879,370,709.43 as passed into Law by the State House Assembly.
State Commissioner for Finance , Budget and Planning, Hajiya Munira Abdullahi disclosed this during this year’s budget breakdown on Friday in Lafia.
She said the social sector which had the highest allocation received N85.76 billion, representing 42.91% of the total budget with the Ministry of Education having the lion share of N40.16 billion, followed by the Ministry of Health with an allocation of N26.71 billion.
Hajiya Abdullahi added that the Ministry for Local Government, Community Development & Chieftaincy Affairs got N6.09 billion, Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources, N 6.00 billion, Ministry of Youth & Sports Development, N4.66 billion, Ministry of Special Duties – Humanitarian, Social Services & NGO, N1.24 billion while the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development got N 0.909 billion.
According to her, the economic sector had a total allocation of N67.67 billion, representing 33.86% of the budget, saying that the State Ministry of Works , Housing & Transport was allocated with the sum of N22.68 billion, while the Ministry of Finance, Budget & Planning got N16.85 billion.
The Commissioner further explained that Agriculture & Water Resources was allocated the sum of N 9.61 billion, while Ministry of Land & Urban Development got N 8.65 billion.
In the budget provision, the administration sector had a total allocation of N39.69 billion, representing 19.86 % as Government House Administration got N14.94 billion, Office of Secretary to the State Government (SSG) N10.96 billion and a sum of N 6.03 billion was allocated to the State House of Assembly while Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism got N2. 67 billion respectively.
Other offices such as Office of the Head of Service got N1.12 billion, Office of Auditor General, 0.519 billion, Civil Service Commission , 0.327 billion, Local Government Service Commission, 0.245 billion, and the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) 2.06 billion.
The Commissioner added that the Law and Justice got a total of N6.76 billion which represents 3.34 % of the total budget.
She explained that the budget has a total recurrent expenditure of N113,123,055,069.60 and Capital expenditure of N86,756,315,639.83 respectively with anticipated sources of revenue through an opening balance of N3.56 billion, federation account, Internally Generated Revenue ( I GR), Aid and grants of N23.48 billion and Capital Receipts N32.59 billion.
Speaking on the policy thrust of the fiscal year 2024, the Commissioner said”Governor Abdullahi Sule is focused on the provision of general security and good governance.
“Completion of on-going projects started by this administration, workers welfare through implementation of promotions, as well as issuing some of the States Housing Units to State workers on owner occupier basis.
“Creation of employment opportunities to women and youth in the state. Provision of inputs and supporting agriculture as a way of boosting production, developing value chain, and strengthening commercial venture for a stable economy.
“And the provision of palliatives to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal”, she explained.
She therefore, called for support and cooperation from the public and the media to enable to the administration of Governor Sule succeed.
It would be recalled that the State government earmarked a total of N149,315,944,207.62 which was made up of a recurrent expenditure of N91,325,706,929.9 and a capital expenditure of N57,990,237,277.72.