Ganduje signs 2020 budget as Kano Assembly raises estimate to N206.2bn

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has signed into law the 2020 financial appropriation bill after the proposal was raised from N197 billion to N206.2 billion by the Kano state House of Assembly.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje signed the N206.2 billion budget estimate on Wednesday at the Council Chambers of the Kano Government House.

The governor, who personally received the budget document from Abdulaziz Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa, Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, vowed to start implementation from January 2020.

Kano Focus understands that the initial 2020 budget proposal submitted by Mr Ganduje on November 7, 2019 had an estimate of 197,683, 353, 659.

However, the Kano assembly raised the budget estimate by over N9 billion, making it a total of N206,267,759,657.

The governor had allocated N49.9 billion for education, which carries the largest share, followed by infrastructure (N33 billion) and health (N30 billion).

“Our resolve to make our budget circle from January to December each year, with effective and efficient implementation, are what inform the appreciative work on the document by the State Assembly.

“They did a good job, which also made public participation in the process an integral part of the fiscal document,” Mr Ganduje said in a statement by Abba Anwar, his chief press secretary.

“We are following the footsteps of President Muhammadu Buhari, who assented to the fiscal document at the federal level, just yesterday Tuesday. I am signing our document just a day after President Buhari’s.

“We assure people our commitment to serving them better. As we are entering the Next Level of our administration,” he added.

The governor also explained that the punctual return of the budget document by the Kano assembly indicates a smooth working relationship between the executive and legislative branches of government in the state.

“The presentation of this fiscal document for my assent today, is a clear indication that yes we are all fulfilling our promises of maintaining the cordial working relationship between us. This is marvellous and impressive,” he said.

In his remarks, Mr Gafasa assured the governor of their “unflinching support and commitment towards better Kano”.

“Two months back His Excellency was at the hallowed Chamber when he presented the document, and we promised to do justice to the document. Which we did,” he said.