Governor Ishaku Signs 2017 Budget

By Ikenga Chronicles January 18, 2017

— Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo

Taraba state governor Architect Darius Ishaku yesterday signed the Taraba state 2017 Appropriation Bill into Law.

The 110,106,983,942 Budget representing an increment of 9.17% over the 2016 budget, has a recurrent expenditure of 49.3 Billion Naira representing 44.77% of the budget, while 60.8Bn representing 55.23% is to be expended on capital projects.

Ishaku said the accelerated passage of the Bill by the state Assembly was “a milestone in the collective resolve of the three arms of govt in the state to work hard towards the development of the state”.

According to Ishaku, the priority given to capital projects in the budget was aimed at driving the economic viability of the state and to address the infrastructural deficit in the state.

“This budget is aimed at providing a major boost to infrastructure in the state and to provide an enabling environment for economic growth in the state”, he said.

The governor however warned that the budget would just be a document that would not translate to anything meaningful if the there is no peace and called on the people to give him peace so that he could give them the much needed development.

“Peace is sacrosanct for any meaningful development to take place. It is true of any society that disputes will arise but the ability of the people to manage the disagreements that may arise from time to time without resorting to violence and wanton destruction of lives and property is key to the sustainability of that society”, Ishaku said.

While presenting the budget for signing, the Speaker of the state Assembly Right Honorable Abel Diah enjoined the Executive to ensure that due process was followed in the implementation of the budget as the House would not hesitate to carry out its oversight duty wherever they suspect a foul play.

Diah said that the electorates were already impatient and expecting meaningful development not excuses.

The governor presented the 2017 Budget to the state Assembly on the 22nd of last month and tagged it ‘Budget of Hope’.

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