Budget of Continuity: See How Much is Budgeted For 2019 As Kaduna State Government Presents Budget To The Public For Scrutiny

On Sunday the 12th of August, 2018, The Kaduna State Government held a town hall meeting on 155 billion Naira for 2019 budget. The budget was presented to the public for scrutiny and input. The programme tagged, "Budget of Continuity" was held at Yar'adua Hall, Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna and it was attended by stakeholders in the state and some top government officials.

The State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Muhammad Sani-Abdullahi, who presented the draft, said the budget has over 64.4 billion for recurrent expenditure, representing 41.52 per cent and N90.7 billion for capital projects, representing 58.48 per cent.

"We are here to present to you our 2019–2021 budgets which are is based on the Kaduna State Development Plan.
"You will recall that the plan was developed with your inputs and we have over the past three years' took action on the plan through the budget."

According to him, the budget was prepared against the macro-economic backdrop of pick up in global growth at 3.8 per cent.

"It is also based on the gradual recovery from national recession as witnessed in a GDP growth of about 0.83 per cent and reduction in the inflation rate," he said.
The commissioner explained that the key fiscal policy tool is the opportunity to insulate the economy from unforeseen negative shocks and turn the tide towards growth and development in the state.

"Total capital investment in 2016 was N62.2 billion compared to N27.6 billion in 2015, an increase of 125%. This is the highest capital investment in any one year in the history of democratic Kaduna State.

"In 2016, the recurrent expenditure witnessed a considerable reduction in personnel cost from N26.8 billion in 2015 to N21.8 billion in 2016, translating into a savings of over N5 billion, funds that were immediately reallocated to our works and education ministries." He said.

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