Kaduna State government has presented it’s 2020 draft budget estimate to it’s citizens in order to obtain their views, comments and inputs before being transmitted to the State House of Assembly.
Speaking at the town hall meeting on the 2020 Draft Budget Estimates in Kaduna, the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe said the aim of the meeting was part of their commitment to transparency and openness.
The draft budget presentation being the fifth since inception of the present administration, allows citizens to give their inputs at the town hall meeting before forwarding it to the State Assembly.
She mentioned that, as the first full-year budget of the second term of this government, the 2020 budget was conceived to accelerate the attainment of government agenda by proposing a budget size of N245.4bn with the capital component at N177.29bn while there recurrent expenses set at N62.9bn.
The Deputy Governor said most of the capital spending will be in the economic social sectors, amounting to about N144bn and that they are proposing to spend N68bn on public works and infrastructure.
Others are, capital expenditure on education and health which are proposed at N33.9bn and N23.3bn respectively.
Dr. Hadiza explained that, the draft budget reflects the priorities of putting people first, hence investing in education, healthcare and social welfare, fostering the security of lives and properties, instituting good governance system that is founded on a competent and responsive public service with zero tolerance for corruption.
According to her, the draft is aimed at maintaining, rebuilding and expanding Infrastructure; water supply, electricity and road networks in order to accelerate economic growth that will create jobs.
“The guiding principles of our governance agenda is to promote agriculture and food security and as well reform land administration as a basis for wealth creation and capital formation, while preserving and enhancing environmental management,” the deputy Governor said.