Stallion Times reports that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje presented the 2021 proposed budget to the Kano State House of Assembly (KHoA), 27, October, 2020.
The budget which is designed to improve the well-being of Kano citizens was tagged “Budget for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development” has a total size of 147,935,302,947b
The budget, after scrutiny, consultations and public hearing, the KHoA passed the budget appropriation bill into law on 23, December, 2020 to the tune of 177,936,730,540b representing an increase of 30.001,427,593b and was signed by the governor on that same day.
The 2021 budget is lower than the 2020 supplementary budget by 12,541,423,825.75b which is about 7% decrease.
Speaking to newsmen and civil society advocates, Thursday, at the Conference Hall of the Ministry, the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Planning and Budget, Nura Muhammad Dankadai says the total approved recurrent revenue for the year 2021 is estimated at the sum of 107,787,239,297b which consists of 25,166,038,005b internal generated revenue (IGR), 52,250,000,000 as statutory allocation, 28,401,874,754 as value added tax and 1,969,326,537 as other receipts.
The estimated capital receipt stood at 70,149,491,244. This consists of miscellaneous general of 2,229,992,156, grant general of 41,863,059,628 loans of 25,793,333,461 and treasury opening balance of 263,105,997.
Below are breakdown of amount earmarked for each sector in the 2021 approved budget.
Dankadai says government has placed special priority to the education sector considering its significance towards the upliftment of the people of the state, therefore, government is planning to spend a total sum of 45.6b representing 25.68% of the total budget size.
Bureau for Land Management
The Hon Commissioner says the provision of urban and rural roads is a major requisite to attaining economic growth and development as enshrined in Kano State Development Plan.
He also says the ongoing program of rehabilitation and renewal of major urban roads and infrastructure, construction of new roads and under-pass bridges are testimony of government’s commitment in that direction.
The Hon Commissioner says to further consolidate government’s investment in the urban infrastructural development, the sum of 1.2b is earmarked in the 2021 fiscal year.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
To ensure food security and sufficiency as well as employment to the rural populace, Dankadai says the sum of 8.7b is set aside for various programs and projects in the sector.
Environment and Sanitation
The Hon Commissioner says, since the inception of the present administration, it has continuously shown utmost concerns towards the sustenance of healthy environment. To do more, the sum of 1.1b is earmarked for the execution of various capital projects in the state.
Water supply and Rural Development
Hon Dankadai says the state water supply system is managed by a number of different organizations and agencies. These includes Ministry of Water Resources which is responsible for policy formulation, coordination and planning. Kano State Water Board (KSWB) which is responsible for water supply service delivery in urban and semi-urban areas while the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) is mandated with the provision of water facility and sanitation across rural settlements.
The sum of over 9b is earmarked on various water schemes across the state for the fiscal year.
Ministry of Rural and Community Development and Rural Access, Agriculture Mobility Project Directorate (RAAMP) and Rural Electricity Board (REB)
THE Commissioner says to further consolidate investment in the rural infrastructural development, the sum of 6b is approved for the 2021 fiscal year.
According to the Planning and Budget Commissioner, government is committed to the implementation of road map to improve healthcare delivery in the state.
He says to achieve this, government intends to spend the sum of 16.4b representing 17.46% of the total budget size for various programs and projects in 2021.
Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development
The Commissioner says in a bid to improve the welfare of women, children and people living with disability and to provide more opportunities that will ensure continuous development of women, youth and people living with disability, the sum of 317m is allocated for that purpose.
Ministry of Works and Infrastructure
Dankadai says as a result of economic meltdown coursed by the Covid-19 pandemic, serious changes and adjustments have been made in line with government policy and commitment in order to face reality in the implementation of the 2021 budget; the sum of 14.7b is set aside for the ministry and its agencies for the execution of various projects.
Ministry of Housing and Transport
According to the Commissioner, Ministry of Housing and Transport was created out of Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport in an effort to improve the transportation system in the state.
He says the idea was developed to promote transportation system which will attract more investors and easy movement of products within and outside the state; the Ministry is allocated the sum of 3.5b for the fiscal year.
Ministry of Commerce Industry & Cooperatives
The Hon Commissioner says Governor Ganduje is committed to the rapid resuscitation of commerce and industrial activities in the state, this is to cushion the negative effects on the state economy occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic; 139m is earmarked for various project and programs for the sector.
Cottage Trade and Street Hawking
The sum of 64m has been allocated to this new agency to enhance street hawking business in the state
Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Dankadai says the cardinal objective of the present administration is to boost revenue and accelerate economic development; this new ministry has been allocated 219m for various programs and projects
Security, Law and Justice
According to the planning and budget Commissioner, in an effort to sustain effective justice system in the state through the promotion of human rights, fight against corruption and improving business environment, government has approved to expend the sum of 9.1b for various interventions in the sector.
Fielding questions from journalists on why government felt it necessary to review upwards the approved budget by 30,001,427,593b amidst the Covid-19 meltdown, Dankadai says the upward review was done by the KHoA for the common good of the state after considering some critical aspects of development in the budget.
Journalists called for the budget performance briefing at the end of the fiscal year.
The Hon Commissioner, Ministry of Planning and Budget while being optimistic of government’s commitments to the implementation of the 2021 budget, thanked Governor Ganduje, Members of the Executive Council, Public Servants and citizens for their support to the ministry.
He also appreciates the media, private sector, civil society organizations and cooperating partners.
Commenting on the 2021 budget briefing, a Kano based civil society advocate, Comrade Akibu Hamisu observed that increasing the budget size will affect the scientific projections which in turn will pause the budget realism efforts considering the present economic recession caused by Covi-19.
Comrade Hamisu recommends that the state should be consistent in maintaining fiscal economic update projection for realistic budget estimates and implementation.