Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullah Umar Ganduje, has assented to the state’s 2017 Appropriation Bill into law.
The governor had in November, 2016, presented a proposed budget of N209,857,330,288 to the state House of Assembly, which was jerked up to N217,931,867,387 by the legislators.
Dr. Ganduje, however, explained that the size of the budget was increased as a result of consultations with appropriate government institutions and members of the public, to promote what he called “participatory governance.”
Shortly after appending his signature to the bill at the Executive Council chambers of the Government House, the governor said: “There is no doubt that history has been made today, and the House of Assembly deserves praise. This bill, which I have just signed into law, is a budget of self-reliance for sustainable development.”
“We are aware that oil money has gone down; what we are getting from Abuja is always getting down. So, we have to resort to self-reliance through our Kano State Board of Internal Revenue Service. I am happy this budget has been judiciously increased, and there is no doubt it will move the state forward.”
He, therefore, expressed appreciation to the state legislature from granting the appropriation bill expeditious passage, noting that mutual cooperation between the executive, legislature and judicial arms of government in the state, based on principles, commitment and desire to move Kano forward, would surely yield positive results.
The governor also praised the state House of Assembly for passing more bills and resolutions, in two years, saying no legislature has done so in Kano in the past, noting that the feat was made possible by its peaceful and stable nature.
He disclosed that the State House of Assembly is rated as the best stable Parliament in the whole country, and appealed to them to continue discharging their duties in harmony.
In his remarks, the Speaker, Alhaji Kabiru Alhasan Rurum, said the House worked tirelessly to pass the budget before the New Year, in order to allow the executive to continue with old projects and start new ones, aimed at fast-tracking the development of the state.
Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje has received the report of the state’s 2016 Hajj operation, with an award from the Organization of Hajj Service Providers of Saudi, for outstanding services to pilgrims and for being the only state governor that performed Hajj from Nigeria in the year. The report was presented by the state Deputy Governor, Hafiz Abubakar.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the report, which was deliberated and adopted by the state executive council, and directed the state’s Pilgrims Welfare Agency to immediately commence preparation for 2017 Hajj.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Malam Abba Yakubu, said the Saudi Arabian authority appreciated the way the governor paid attention to the welfare of Pilgrims from his state, especially during the camping at Mina, adding that the report presented include financial, medical, problems and solutions to issues surrounding the 2016 Hajj operation.
In another development, Governor Ganduje presided over the swearing-in of Alhaji Abdullahi Sale as Permanent Member II, in the state Civil Service Commission.