Just in: Zulum Signs Budget into Law …Says to Commissioners: ‘I won’t Entertain Submissions Outside 2020 Budget’ 

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By: Our Correspondent
MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Friday told commissioners that he will not entertain any submission to fund any project or programme that is not provided for in the budget as he signed the 2020 Appropriation Bill into law.
He stated this at the executive council chambers of the Government House in Maiduguri.
Zulum presented his first budget of N134.5 on December 2, 2019 to the State Assembly and the lawmakers passed the budget on December 23 with an increase to N146.8 billion for which the assembly’s Deputy Speaker, Abdullahi Askira, explained, was to make up for gaps identified by the lawmakers during deliberations.
He thanked the lawmakers for accelerated passage of the budget and said he intended to be strict in adhering ‎to the provisions.
“Under no circumstance should any member of the executive council (mostly commissioners) make any financial submission that is not provided for in the 2020 budget.
“All submissions to the executive council or to me must follow the provisions of the budget. Submissions will first of all be subjected to budgetary evaluation to ensure there is provision for them before the submissions are even considered.
“If we follow the provisions of the budget, we will make things easier for ourselves and we will achieve so much in orderly manner. We will be strict in implementing our budget,” he added.
Speaking earlier, the Assembly’s Deputy Speaker, Askira, said the lawmakers were happy with the governor’s policy of respecting the separation of powers ‎which guarantees the independence of the legislature.
He noted that the Governor’s policy has help the lawmakers carry out their oversight functions most effectively.
The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of the State, Barrister Kaka Lawan, who coordinated the brief ‎ceremony, quoted constitutional provisions upon which the governor presented and signed the budget into law.

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