Minna – Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Tuesday signed the State’s N85.09 billion Budget 2016 into law.
Bello urged the civil servants to work hard toward ensuring that the 2017 budget was signed early.
“I just signed the budget but I am not happy that it has just been signed because I should have signed it long time ago.
“We must work very hard toward the 2017 budget. We should start preparation in time meaning that ministries must work very hard.
“A lot of ministries are still in the habit of ‘copy and paste’ for many years. If you look at the budget of this state, there had been repetitions going on for over 10 to 15 years now.
“Some sections of the ministries are not doing their work properly. They operate out of laziness’’, he said.
Bello noted that the society was dynamic hence there was no way the budget system 10 years ago would still stand.
“So, please let us start work in time in order to present a budget that would stand the test of time’’, he said.
The governor assured the people of the state that the executive would do everything possible to ensure 100 per cent implementation of the budget.
Alhaji Ahmed Marafa, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, said the budget was increased from N74.74 billion presented by the government to N85.09 billion.
Marafa said this was to accommodate critical areas such as debt servicing, Single Treasury Account and others.
He assured the people of the state that the Assembly would ensure that the budget achieved 98 per cent implementation through their oversight function.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that Bello presented a budget of N74.74 billion on Dec. 31, 2015 which the State Assembly later increased to N85.09 billion. (NAN)