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Gov Sule presents N148.9bn 2023 budget to Nasarawa Assembly

From Esther Akaa, Lafia

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has presented the 2023 budget proposal of N148,958,122,525.05 billion to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

Sule, who tagged the 2023 budget as “Budget of Economic Consolidation and Continuity,” made the presentation on Monday at the state House of Assembly in Lafia.

The governor said that his administration would continue to anchor on transparency, accountability and rule of law for the overall development of the state.

He said: “I am delighted to lay before you a total budget size of N148,958,122,525.05 for the 2023 fiscal year.

“Recurrent Expenditure – A total of N90,566,516,459.56 representing 60.80% of the total budget is earmarked for Recurrent Expenditure.

“Capital Expenditure – The sum of N58,391,606,065.49 representing 39.20% of the total budget is set aside as Capital Expenditure for the year 2023.

“The 2023 Budget for the various sectors is as follows: Administrative Sector: Government House Administration –  N4.67 billion,Security/Office of the SSG – N9.50 billion, Legislation – N2.00 billion, Information/Culture & Tourism  –  N2.71 billion, Civil Service Matters – N1.41 billion, Pension & Gratuity – N7.42 billion, Sub Total: – N27.71billion.

“Economic Sector: Agriculture & Water Resources  –  N11.32 billion, Finance, Trade & Investment  –  N15.47 billion, Infrastructure Development –    N16.31 billion, Science, Technology & Innovation – N1.96 billion, Sub Total: – N45.06 billion.

“Law & Justice Sector: State Judiciary – N3.36 billion, Ministry of Justice – N896.13million. Sub Total: – N4.25 billion.

“Social Sector: Education – N37.43 billion, Health – N18.61 billion, Youth & Sports Development –  N3.04 billion, Women & Social Development –  N1.02 billion, Environment, Community & Rural Development – N10.25 billion. Sub Total: – N 70.35 billion.”

Sule assured the Assembly and the people of the state of full implementation of the budget, if finally passed into law for speedy development across the state.

The governor therefore, urged politicians to play politics without bitterness, in the interest of peace and development.

“We must strengthen our synergy in the realisation of our quest to leave a legacy that will take Nasarawa State to the promise land.

“Let me use the opportunity of this presentation to appeal to our brothers and sisters, who are contesting for positions from different political parties to play politics in accordance with the rule of engagement,” he said.

On his part, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ibrahim Abdullahi, who received the budget proposal, assured Governor Sule and the people of the state of speedy passage for  development to thrive.

Abdullahi commended Governor Sule for presenting the budget, noting the excellent working relationship that has existed between the executive and the legislative arms of government since inception of the Sule’s led administration since 2019.

He said the state Assembly had passed a total of 46 bills into law which are made up of 35 executive bills and 11 private members bills.

“May I quickly state that 18 other bills are in various stages of passage. Again, within the period under review, the House passed a total of 43 resolutions,” he said.

The speaker appreciated the governor for the renovation and installation of state of the art facilities in the hallowed chambers of the House, as well as the renovation of the executive chamber and office of the speaker.

The Voice recalls that on December 9, 2021, Sule presented the 2022 budget of N109.8 billion to the state Assembly tagged: “Budget of Sustainable Transformation.

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