Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, on Monday presented N188,429,495,847.63 budget proposal for the 2022 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly.
Tambuwal presented the budget, tagged, “Budget of accomplishments and sustainable development”, in Sokoto.
He said the 2022 budget is lower than the current 2021 budget of N205,016,512,295.41 by N16,587,016,447.78, consisting both the Recurrent and Capital Expenditures approved by the Assembly.
According to Tambuwal, the 2022 budget proposal consists of Recurrent expenditure amounting to N75,871,203,284.34 and representing 40.03 per cent, while the sum of N 112,558,292,563.29 represents 59.7 per cent Capital Expenditure of the total estimate.
“The sectoral allocation for the year 2022 shows that Education has the highest vote of N37,006,032,670.92 which is 20 per cent, followed by Health with the N28,806,855,774.52, representing 15 per cent.
“This is followed by Agriculture with N22,551,438,538.42, representing 12 per cent, then Infrastructure with the sum of N18,176,537,119.57 which is the 10 per cent of the total budget.
“However, the remaining sum of N81,888,631,774.20 is allocated to other expenditures and it represent 43 per cent of the total budget,” he said.
The governor said that the year 2021 featured security challenges and economic predicament in the country which affected all the states of the Federation.
“Despite such challenges, Sokoto state recorded tremendous success in the implementation of last year’s budget. This was made possible by our individual and collective commitment to transparency and good governance.
“Undoubtedly, this Administration has executed numerous development projects in education, healthcare service delivery, agriculture, environment and infrastructural development, among others.
“Also, numerous projects and programmes have been executed and commissioned designed to uplift the general welfare of the people and security of lives and property,” he added.
Tambuwal further said that his administration will continue to seek support and prayers of the people of the State, adding, “all hands must be on deck to ensure the successful and effective implementation of the year 2022 Budget.”
Responding, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alhaji Aminu Achida, thanked the governor for presenting the budget at a time he described as appropriate.
Achida said the Assembly will expedite action in passing the bill for the government to continue to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry.