The Zamfara State Government has proposed a budget of over N92.8 billion for the 2015 fiscal year as against the over N114.8 billion budgeted for the outgoing 2014.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the budget proposal was presented to the state House of Assembly on Monday in Gusau in a special session presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Sunusi Rikiji.
Presenting the proposal, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari said the decrease of about 19 per cent in the 2015 proposed budget was due to the current economic challenges facing the country.
Yari said the estimates, tagged a budget of consolidation, would focus more on completion of ongoing projects by the current administration and would also give more emphasis on health, water resources and social sectors.
The governor said that N50 billion and N42.8 billion were for recurrent and capital expenditures respectively.
Yari restated the state government’s commitment to continue to execute the projects that would provide the needed social infrastructure to the people of the state.
He extolled the existing cordial relationship between the state government and the legislative arm of government.
He also commended the state lawmakers for the support, cooperation, and understanding given to the executive and judicial arms of government.
Responding, the Speaker, Alhaji Sunusi Rikiji, promised speedy passage of the budget, to sustain the laudable programmes and policies of the state government.