KANO state governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has presented a proposed budget 2010 to the state House of Assembly totalling N110, 304,351,479 which is made up of a recurrent expenditure of N48, 967,547,508 and a capital expenditure component of N61, 623,803,962.
Accordingly, the proposal is expected to be funded from a total recurrent revenue receipt of N89,391,244,914 federally collected revenue and (IGR), capital receipts of N21,100,106,556 grant and miscellaneous capital receipts.
While presenting his speech, the governor said providing quality education to our youth remains an all time priority of his administration, stating that in consistence with the government’s resolve to continuously revitalize the sub sector, it intends to expend over N23.7 billion which is more than 20 per cent of the total budget for the sector.
The governor who holds the title of Sardaunan Kano pointed out that from the amount, his government also intends to expend N8.4. billion on infrastructure and instructional material, while the sum of N11.5 billion goes to personnel emoluments and manpower development.
He added that that in the state government’s quest to build a strong foundation for education at the grassroots, the sum of over N2.4 billion is being allocated to the Universal Basic Education.
“Out of the amount, the sum of N1.18 billion is being committed to the construction of new classrooms, rehabilitation of existing ones as well as general infrastructure in basic schools, and another sum of over N690 million is being dedicated for the acquisition of teachers/students furniture, textbooks and other instructional materials,” the governor explained.
He said in furtherance of the state government’s efforts to decongest classrooms and create additional space for student enrolment, the sum of N1.75 billion is being voted for the completion and furnishing of 1000 classrooms under its programme of providing quality education of the Economic Development Roadmap.
The governor said through working with donor partners, the state government is committing another N550million for the renovation of basic schools in nine local government areas of Kiru, Rogo, Wudil, Makoda, Rimin Gado, Garun Malam, Ungogo and Minjibir, noting that as part of the government’s resolve to enhance the learning environment in some six selected secondary schools across the state, another sum of N1.61 billion is earmarked for the completion of renovation works started last year.
Meanwhile, the governor has said in government’s objective to improve the lives of the rural populous the sum of N15bn has been proposed out of which N10.7bn is for capital projects including the completion of on going roads and bridge works, construction and rehabilitation of mosques and Islamiyya schools, electrification of rural towns as well as provision of potable water.
Also, the sum of N4.3bn is earmarked for provision of affordable shelter at both rural and urban areas. Similarly, in its renewed effort to realize its objective, government is proposing to expend the sum of over N12.782bn for urban and regional planning.
According to him, from the amount, the sum of N4.66bn has been earmarked for capital undertakings covering the construction and expansion of additional roads, in addition to the completion of ongoing ones.
Other allocations to other sectors include the sum of N9.3bn earmarked for the agricultural sector; health N8.8bn, water supply N1.3bn; commerce and ICT N1.3bn; Sharia implementation is to gulp the sum of N2bn, while the sum of N800m goes to women and youth development and environment N968m among others.