By Abraham Olatokunbo
Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara, on Monday presented an Appropriation Bill of N134.5 billion for 2020 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly.
Presenting the budget proposal to the Borno state House of Assembly tagged: “Budget of Recovery and Stabilization,” disclosed that it has recurrent expenditure of N67.5 billion, 50.3% and capital expenditure of N67 billion, 49.7%.
He said the 2020 budget is slightly less than that of the 2019 by about 7.5% as the proposed crude oil price benchmark of US$57 per barrel is used as against US $60 for the the ongoing fiscal year.
Projects and services related to education have the largest allocated of N23 billion, out of which N9.1 was earmarked for higher education with greater emphasis on the Borno State University (BOSU). This is in addition to plans to build seven primary, secondary and higher schools next year.
Also, N19.1 billion was allocated to the ministry of finance which is to fund series of government procurements; N11.6 for Health & Human service, N9.2 billion for reconstruction of communities destroyed by insurgents, N7 billion for roads and other infrastructure, N5.3 billion for the state assembly’s projects, N4.4 billion for major housing estates and N4 billion for agriculture.
The governor told the lawmakers that: “In the coming financial year (2020), we will construct (2) new mega schools in Wuyo and Chibok, and (2) technical schools in Mbalala and Bulabulin (Maiduguri). We will also construct (3) new Higher Islamic Secondary schools in Dikwa, Monguno and Biu Local Government Areas,” the governor announced.
Umara also stated that his administration would, in 2020, rehabilitate and reopen secondary schools currently closed in Monguno, Damasak, Gajiram, Gubio, Dikwa, Ngala, Konduga, Bama and Gwoza towns.
The governor noted that in the 2020 budget proposal, there was a plan to also construct 72 classrooms across the state and rehabilitate 27 blocks of two classrooms.
He also disclosed the plans to recruit 1,000 teachers to fill gaps as well as procurement of furniture and instructional materials to be used in the schools.
The governor, while appreciating the cordial relationship between the executive and legislative arms, said: “I therefore crave your indulgence to critically examine this budget, while taking into cognizance the needs and aspirations of the people”.
Responding, the Speaker Borno State House of Assembly, Hon. AbdulKareem Lawan said there was “no doubt the well articulated 2020 budget proposal will address the needs and aspirations of our people . I assured you of our commitment to work with the executive to better the lives of our people.
“On our part as legislators, be rest assured of our support at all time and accelerated passage of the 2020 appropriation bill.”