MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Monday signed into law, the 2022 budget passed by the State Assembly with a figure of N269.6 billion.
Also signed into laws are; Borno State Child Protection Act, and Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act.
Zulum expressed appreciation to the House for their continued support, which according to him, has immensely contributed to the successes recorded by his administration in the last two and half years; and assured to sustain the cordial relationship throughout his tenure.
He said the Child Protection Act, and Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, he signed were customized to reflect cultures and religious beliefs of the State, without undermining the main objective of the law.
He further informed members of the State Executive Council that he will no longer entertain any request not captured in the signed 2022 budget.
“I am speaking to the members of the State Executive Council. The Commissioners should note that I will not take it lightly if anyone submits requests for projects and programmes that are not captured in the year 2022 budget.
“If you send any request to me that is outside the budget, I will outrightly reject such request.”
Speaker of the State Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, explained that the slight increased on the budget was to meet needs of the State, which aligns with vision of all branches of Government.
Earlier, the State Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Babakura Abba Jato, gave a run down of achievements recorded by the Zulum administration.
The budget was increased by the Assembly from the N267.9B proposed by Governor Zulum in November.
The Governor had on November 30, 2021, proposed a budget of N267.921B, with N172,535B for Capital Expenditure representing 65% of the total budget, and N95,385 billion for Recurrent Expenditure.
On his part, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Kaka Shehu Lawan, commended the Governor for singing into law the State Child Protection Act, and Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act.