By Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State has assented to the 2018 appropriation bill of 168 billion naira, with provision for massive rural road construction, covering 1,000 kilometers across the state.
In Press statement issued to newsmen by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Al-Sadique, dated 14/03/2018, says, capital projects take 60 percent of the appropriation, while 40 percent is allocated to recurrent expenditure.
Governor Abubakar, who lamented that several administrations in the country have been making higher allocations to recurrent expenditure, which benefits only a fraction of the population said, his administration had to make higher allocation of the appropriation to “capital projects for the overall interest of the generality of the people.”
The statement further explained that the state had already made available its counterpart funds for the construction of the 1,000 kilometers of rural road to the World Bank for the immediate commencement of the project.
Governor Abubakar noted that citizens of Bauchi State were lucky to have such representatives that work within the parameters of the law, stressing that, the House of Assembly has shown commitment to everything put before it and has now treated the bill for the betterment of the people.
“For the second year running in Bauchi state, education takes the highest allocation of 19.22 percent, followed by health with 15.23 percent,” Governor Abubakar said.
He explained that the huge allocations of appropriations made to the education sector have already started yielding fruits with improvement in the performance of Bauchi state students writing WEAC and NECO, from 03% when the administration came into office in 2015 to 27% in 2017.
“We haven’t reached the target yet. We target the highest in both WEAC and NECO the entire country,” the governor said, but regretted that the administration was not so happy with results coming from the huge investments made in the health sector.
He stressed that completion of all ongoing projects, diversifying the economy through Agriculture, Tourism and Mining are going to be pursued.
The Governor revealed that some experts will soon arrive the state from the Czech Republic to carry out scientific studies in order to improve mining activities in the state and turn around the economy of its people.
On Agriculture, the Governor revealed that his recent visit to Morocco has attracted the acquisition of improved seeds, use of science through improvement in mobile soil analysis, fertilizer combination for higher yields and mechanization.
He revealed that all these are going to be carried out through a partnership with the largest fertilizer producer in the world, which is soon coming from Morocco to Bauchi for the commencement of the exercise.