Bayo Oyewale, Lokoja

Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello has presented an appropriation bill estimated at  N146,736,042,510 billion to the state House of Assembly for approval for 2019 fiscal year.

The budget which was  tagged the Budget of consolidation  is aimed at improving infrastructural development in the state ,poverty reduction, reinvigorate and human capital development.

Governor Bello explained that the propose 2019 budget has an outlay of N146,736,042,510 , stressing that the outlay of N146,730,042,510 is divided into Recurrent  Expenditure  of N 71,841,314,458 representing 48.96 percent  and Capital Expenditure of 74,894, 728051 representing 51.04 per cent .

“We have chosen to tag it Budget of Consolidation for simple reason that it will build on the successes while simultaneously laying foundation for future for fresh growth .

“The outgoing 2018 budget of Sustainable growth provided a framework for sustaining  momentum on various growth and development initiatives kicked started in previous years, and given the resources available we did not underachieve  set objectives.

“At the core of any budget is credibility, thus the objective of our 2019 budget is consolidation of what we have been doing in the last three years , mainly the completion and commissioning of key infrastructure projects and and reinvigoration on going human development ‘, the governor stressed.

Bello also highlighted the 2018 budget performance of N 151,677,854,494 for recurrent and capital expenditure, adding that the total recurrent revenue approved for year 2018 was N90,834,787,658, saying that out above figure a total of N46,895, 199,757 which represent 51. 63 percent.

On the on going  impasse between the state government and Judiciary , governor  stated that it will be a remiss for him to end his presentation without addressing needless injury and suffering of the civil servants who work in Judiciary are going right now because of the needless crisis foisted on the state by  the Judicial arm.

He told the House Assembly members that it was a collective agreement signed with organized labour on the disbursement of last tranche of Paris club fund , saying that this state government embarked on table payment as most transparent methodology that the money reach  only genuine and actual civil servants inform of salaries and pensions.

Bello added that the House encourage its staff to participate , stressing that the Judiciary refused to participate citing notions of independence and autonomy which are dodgy in law and worst extremely legalistic and were supported by Judiciary Union of Nigeria has which has proceeded on an indefinite strike .

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