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BUDGET SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF KANO STATE DR. ABDULLAHI UMAR GANDUJE, OFR (KHADIMUL ISLAM) AT THE PRESENTATION OF THE YEAR 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET TO KANO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ON 7thNOVEMBER, 2019.

 

 Courtesies:

Assalamu Alaikum.

It is with gratitude to Allah (SWT)) who has given me the honor and privilege this morning to present to this Honourable House, the Budget”>Honourable House, the Budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020.

  1. Mr. Speaker, in 2015, exactly four (4) years ago, I had the honor to present to this Honourable House the first Budget of my administration. Since then, I have had the rare opportunities to consecutively present four (4) Proposed Appropriation Bills, which afforded us the opportunity to share with the citizens of Kano the manner in which the state scarce resources are being managed. The 2020 proposed budget I am presenting today is the fifth of this administration and the opener of the next level agenda of our second tenure.
  2. Mr. Speaker, the journey was replete with hurdles, however, arising from our conviction that, it is the God that ordains and makes, not humans, things were turned around. We have shown by our plans, our policies and action-oriented programmes that our mandate has been appropriately discharged. In fact, impropriety is no longer a feature of governance in Kano State. Mr. Speaker, the theme for the 2020 Budget is tagged as “Budget of Sustainable Social Development”">Budget of Sustainable Social Development””.
  3. Mr. Speaker, before I begin with the details of the Budget, I wish to use this opportunity to thank the good people of Kano State, for electing me for the second time as the Chief Executive of the State. I believe, it is a testimony to the fact that they are satisfied with the way and manner their resources are being prudently managed under this administration. I, therefore, wish to stress that the citizenry should be rest assured that we will continue with the good work to ensure that our State is taken to the next level.
  4. My special thanks goes to you, the Honourable Members of Kano State House of Assembly, the members of Kano State Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Security Agencies, Religious and Traditional Rulers, Civil and Public Servants, Federal and Donor Agencies, as well as Non- Governmental Organizations.
  5. My administration is also indebted to the Nigeria Police Force, Kano State Command who worked day and night to protect the lives and property of the citizens of our great State. The Command also deserves our special commendation for the recent rescue of our nine (9) children who were abducted and sold in Anambra State by some unscrupulous people who are now apprehended. Already, the kids were reunited with their respective families while the alleged kidnappers, along with their accomplices, would be prosecuted. At our end, a powerful committee is being set up to critically look into the disturbing scenario, with a view to unravelling the root cause and prevent re-occurrence.
  1. It is on this note, I urge our revered First Class Emirs as the community leaders to join hands with security agencies to provide the required atmosphere of peace and tranquility in their respective Emirate Councils. Moreover, I also enjoin parents to be security conscious and heighten vigilance around their wards, with a view to precluding chances of having them fall into the hands of dangerous criminals.
  2. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members and Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, before I give details of the 2020 Budget Proposal, I will in line with tradition, review the performance of the 2019 Budget.

Review of the Performance of Year 2019 Approved Budget 

  1. As you may recall, Mr. Speaker Sir, Honourable Members, the total approved Budget for the year 2019 tagged “Budget of Sustainable Development” was Two Hundred and Nineteen billion, Six Hundred and Fifty Five Million, Two Hundred and Seventeen Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty Six Naira (N219,655,217,786). Out of this amount, the sum of N134,065,152,619 was estimated for Capital Expenditure while the sum of N85,590,065,167 stood for Recurrent Expenditure.

Highlights of Projects and Programmes (2019)

  1. The highlights of the capital projects and programmes executed in year 2019, sector by sector are as follows:

Education

  1. Mr. Speaker, Government has taken a number of important steps towards taking education to the Next Level in 2019. Notable among the efforts was the declaration and subsequent implementation of free and compulsory Primary and Secondary Education Policy in the State. The policy has been designed to integrate the Almajiri Education System into the modern curriculum to improve the quality of learning. Other achievements in the sector are as follows:
  • Payment of upkeep allowance to primary, secondary and Tsangaya schools for the successful operation of the free and compulsory education;
  • Recruitment of 1,536 female teachers now teaching in primary schools across the state;
  • Recruitment of 600 teachers to teach English and Mathematics in Tsangaya/Islamiyya Schools in the State;
  • Recruitment of 3,000 teachers to teach in Primary Schools across the 44 Local Governments of the State;;
  • Construction of Schools of Islamic Studies in the State. The school is now in full session.
  • Establishment of new Junior Secondary Schools and upgrading of Junior Secondary Schools to Senior Status to ease admission problems and distance;
  • Settlement of students’ maintenance and other allowance as well as tuition and examination fees for internal and external students;
  • Payment of accreditation fees in our Tertiary Institutions to ease admission problem;
  • Construction of lecture theatre, student Centre and access road at Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies.

Infrastructure

  1. Mr. Speaker, increasing the stock of infrastructure remains a key priority of this administration and significant progress has been made this year. As a result, my administration was able to bring many projects to completion. These include among others:
  • Aminu Alhassan Dantata flyover. The longest in northern Nigeria along Murtala Muhammed way,
  • Tijjani Hashim underpass at Kofar Ruwa/Bukavu Barracks Junction,
  • Karfi – Rano – Kibiya – Kwanar Sumaila Road,
  • Dangi/Umar Bin Khattab Interchange.
  1. Mr. Speaker, in line with the Government commitment in ensuring smooth transportation system within the city, works on an interchange proposed at the Murtala Muhammed Specialists Hospital junction have commenced this year. This will cost the Government about N2 Billion.
  2. Similarly, some roads in the metropolis have been provided with adequate road signs (road marking with road studs and advance gantry signage) for ease of identification and reference.
  3. In furtherance of our commitment to bring the traditional institution into full participation in governance, this administration has commenced works on the provision of befitting palaces for the First Class Emirs of the newly established Emirate Councils in Bichi, Gaya, Karaye and Rano. The projects will cost a total sum of N2 billion.

 

  1. Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members, in the outgoing fiscal year, Government is complementing Federal Government effort in addressing some security challenges by the complete construction of military training formation in the Falgore forest reserve which cost about N320 million.

 

  1. Also to facilitate service delivery at the Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Government has awarded contract for the supply and installation of ICT equipment and deployment of Health Information Management System (HIMS)) at a total cost of N298 million.
  2. The construction, equipping and furnishing of the skill acquisition center along Zaria road has been completed and will soon be commissioned.

Independent Power

  1. Mr. Speaker, the independent power project at Tiga will soon be tested and commissioned, while the Challawa power project is in progress.
  2. In the same vein, the power evacuation project is in progress with the construction of 33KV single circuit HT line from Tiga to Challawa waterworks 33/11 KV substation.

Urban and Regional Planning

  1. Under Urban and Regional Planning, the following achievements were recorded:
  • Construction of reinforced concrete drain and interlocking tiles at Shehu Hamza Road at Municipal Local Government Area;
  • Construction of Ganduje – Yatsi – Babban Gida – Saye Feeder Road;
  • Construction of Maitsidau Zago – Wajila Feeder Road in Makoda Local Government Area;
  • Rehabilitation of Mariya Sanusi – IBB Road – Mayanka – Murtala Muhammed Way.

Health

  1. Mr. Speaker, attaining a good standard of health for all citizenry of the State is another major priority of this administration. In this respect the sum of N16 billion was the budgetary allocation earmarked for the healthcare delivery in the state in the outgoing fiscal year, which paved the way for various interventions as follows:
  • Employed over five hundred (500) staff ranging from Consultants, Medical Doctors, Dental Officers, House Officers, Nursing Officers, Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists, Intern Pharmacist, Physiotherapist to Intern Physiotherapists to properly manned our hospitals.
  • Regular trainings/retraining of staff as well as regular engagement with the 14 zonal Directors/CMDs at Hospitals Management Board;;
  • Renovated Hospitals in the State, offices, and staff quarters. Notable among the renovated facilities include Dialysis/Maternity Units of Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, Marmara Maternity Hospital, Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Gwarzo General Hospital, Tiga General Hospital, Dambatta General Hospital, Fagwalawa General Hospital, Waziri Shehu Gidado General Hospital, Infectious Diseases Hospital, Kura General Hospital etc.
  • Upgraded Ajingi Cottage Hospital.
  • Free maternal and Child Healthcare services under which Drugs and Consumables are being distributed to the State owned Hospitals and subsequently are given free to the pregnant women and children on monthly basis.
  • Reduction of maternal/infant mortality and morbidity rate. The programme has increased the availability and accessibility to quality healthcare delivery among pregnant women and children in the state.
  • Inaugurated Maternal, Prenatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) committee in all secondary health care facilities across the State to address the poor indices of maternal/prenatal mortality and morbidity rate.
  • Offered free accident and emergency services aimed to save the lives of thousands of accident victims that visit accident and emergency units.
  • Free Accident and Emergency Programme”>Expanded the Free Accident and Emergency Programme activities beyond the purchase of drugs. Due to increase of the funds, the Committee has started purchasing additional working equipment for Free Accident and Emergency centers. These include suction machines, Nebulizers, oxygen concentrators, various kinds of forceps, Sterilization drums, Trays, sterilizers, Airways, etc.
  • Provided free cleaning and cleansing materials to enhance the sanitary condition of Health Facilities in the State.
  • Twenty thousand Free Eye treatment and provision of Glasses across the Five Emirates in the State.

Water Supply and Rural Development

  1. Mr. Speaker, increasing access to clean and safe water is also a critical objective of our Administration. Water access in both urban and rural areas has significantly improved in this financial year.
  2. Mr. Speaker, in accelerating rural development in this fiscal year, Government had undertaken a series of interventions, leading to the modest achievement in the areas as follows:
  • Procurement and installation of raw water, high lift and chemical dosing pumps at Tamburawa Water treatment plant, Chalawa Complex, Tiga-Rano, Tudun Wada, Chiromawa, Tiga-Tiga, Kura, Kusalla, Gari, Pada, Magaga, Guzu-Guzu, Tomas and Joda regional Schemes;
  • Completion of 10th EDF European Union Intervention to Kano State through the water supply and sanitation sector reform programme phase II (WSSSRP II)) commissioned by the Ambassador Ketil Karisen, Head of European Union Delegation;
  • Construction of 128 new Solar Powered Borehole Scheme, 96 compartments of ventilated improved pit (VIP) Latrine in Takai and Madobi Local Government Areas;
  • Implementation of P-wash Programme in collaboration with Water Resources“>Federal Ministry of Water Resources that consist of rehabilitation of existing Hand Pumps and Upgrading of some to simple solar schemes at Dawakin Kudu, Kura, Rogo and Tudun Wada;
  • Construction of 25no. new Solar Power Borehole Schemes at Ajingi (5No.), Bagwai (7No.), Bebeji (6No.) and Ungogo (7No.) duly completed and effectively being utilized;
  • Construction of 5No. new Solar powered boreholes Scheme at Dansoshiya Forest for Ruga programme (Animal Grazing) as part of settlement for nomads in the State;
  • Award for the construction of 138No. Hand Pumps Boreholes at Garin Mallam (38No.), Rimin Gado (35No.), Rano (32No.), and Gabasawa (33No.);
  • Procurement of water treatment chemicals (Alum, Super flux) and 300 Drums (polymer) during the period under review;
  • Pilot testing 3780 sudfloexs at Tamburawa Water Treatment plant on 3months trial;
  • Signing of Water Bill into Law in May 2019;
  • Intervention of N810,000,000 worth of rehabilitation of Hand Pumps and upgrading of Hand Pumps to simple Solar and Motorize to Solar power Borehole schemes at Dawakin Kudu, Tudun Wada, Kura and Rogo Local Government Areas;
  • Purchase of Water Treatment Chemicals which include 1000 metric tons aluminum sulphate at our treatment plants for three months;
  • Pilot intervention of sudflucs 3780 for treatment of raw water at Tamburawa to complement the use of Aluminum Sulphate at our treatments plant for three months, which provided saving of over 50% on the use of Alum;
  • Continuation of the construction of 88No. Solar Power Borehole Schemes in the 44 Local Government Areas (2 at each LGA).
  • Construction of 7No. Borehole Based Water Schemes at Falgore, Albasu, Makoda, Tofa, Minjibir, and Gadanya and 1No. Tubewell based Water Supply Scheme at Ganduje;;
  • Intervention on construction of Waste Water Treatment Plant at Tukuntawa by Biofil Tehnologies through the Water Resources“>Federal Ministry of Water Resources.

 

RUWASA

  • Construction of 12No. Mechanized Solar powered boreholes within Gama ward in Nassarawa Local Government Area has been completed by direct labour;
  • Construction of 2No. Mechanized Solar Powered boreholes in NYSC Camp Kusalla, Karaye Local Government Area;;
  • Rehabilitation of 2No. Mechanized Solar Powered boreholes, 1no. Block of 4 compartment toilet and construction of 2No. Hand Pumps boreholes has been completed at GGC Dala Local Government Area;
  • Construction of 4No. Mechanized powered borehole, 17 VIP Toilets and rehabilitation of 18No. Toilets at Muhammadu Sunusi Dantata General Hospital, Bebeji Local Government Area;
  • Construction of 8No. Boreholes with 216,000 liters capacity steel surface Tank at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano.

Agricultural Sector

  1. Mr. Speaker and Honorable members, we remained resolute in our commitment to complement the effort of the Federal Government towards promoting the production of Rice and Wheat value chain in the country. This commitment will continue and fully be given maximum consideration and support through adequate and timely releases of agricultural inputs and micro credits to the teeming farmers across the state.
  2. Furthermore, as a step towards the provision of production inputs to farmers across the State; the government made headways towards the revitalization of the State owned fertilizer company (KASCO)) so that it can cope with the state’s fertilizer and animal feeds demands as well as produce for export.
  3. We have also commissioned the National Tractorization Programme which is a Public-Private-Partnership arrangement involving the State Government with 30% equity Contribution and the specialized Farmers’ Cooperative Groups with 70% equity Contribution. One hundred units of Tractors and their complementary implements were distributed/disbursed. The State Government paid the sum of N132,000,000.00 for its equity contribution.
  4. Mr. Speaker, other interventions in the agricultural sector in the 2019 fiscal year include:
  • Improving Animal Production & Productivity;
  • Establishment of RUGA settlements which is on going;
  • Improving Irrigated Agriculture (Support to Rice & Wheat Production))
  • Improving Agricultural Skills acquisition and promoting youth Empowerment.
  • Enhancement of Food and Nutrition Security
  • Procurement of vaccines and equipment for outbreak (vials, normal saline, 5ml syringes, coveralls, 2ml syringes etc.) and Mass Animal vaccination against C.B.P.P; PPR and Anti-Rabies worth N17,901,000.00.
  • Control of disease outbreak at Dawanau International Cowpea stores.
  • Winning of 2019 National Agric Show held recently at Nassarawa state.
  • Generated revenue of N10,072,500 to the state IGR.
  • Employment of forty Professional in the field of Engineering, Agriculture and other trades for training in the United Kingdom to Manage the Newly established skill acquisition center on their return to the Country.

Environmental Protection">Environmental Protection

  1. Mr. Speaker, this administration puts a premium on this sector. Government had in the current year endeavored to make sure that the environment was safe and that acceptable standards of hygiene were maintained for the general public. This informed the then budgetary allocation of the sum of N3 billion to the sector to cater for the following projects and programmes:-
  • Construction of Drainage at Kunya Town in Munjibir L.G.A
  • Construction of Drainage at Ganduje Town in D/Tofa L.G.A
  • Erosion Control Project at Gora Town in Madobi L.G.A;
  • Gully Erosion Control at Unguwa UKu Kyauyen Alu;
  • Construction of Drainage at Darmanawa Rinji in Tarauni LGA
  • Gully Erosion Control at Sauna Kawaji Graveyard
  • Construction of Drainage at Adakawa Makarantar Malan Jinjiri in Dala LGA
  • Construction of Drainage at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital
  • Construction of Drainage at Marmara, Sabon Sara, Yansu, Lokon Yantakalma in Municipal/ Gwale LGA.
  • Rehabilitation of some structures and construction of drainage at Dorayi (Inmate) Rehabilitation Centre in Gwale LGA.
  • Construction of drainage at Garo town in Kabo LGA
  • Construction of drainage at Zakirai in Gabasawa LGA
  • Construction of drainage at Gov. Girls Sec. Sch. Giginyu in Nassarawa;
  • Construction of drainage at Warkai Town in Warawa LGA
  • Construction of drainage at Chiranchi Quarters in Kumbotso LGA
  • Construction of drainage at Sir Muhammadu Sunusi Specialist Hospital
  • Construction of drainage at Dunawa Town in Makoda LGA
  • Reclamation of pits at Wali Maigeza Graveyard
  • Construction of drainage at Garangamawa Qtrs, in Gwale LGA
  • Construction of drainage at Zangon marikita Qtrs, in Ungoggo LGA
  • Construction of drainage at Butu Butu cikin Gari in Rimin Gado LGA
  • Construction of block wall fence for solid waste recycling plant at Kawo village in Gabasawa LGA
  • Reclamation Construction of drains at Yankaba Graveyard in Nassaraw LGA
  • Construction of drainage at Miltara Town in Ungogo LGA
  • Construction of drainage at Unguwar Sauna Kawaji, Gawon Gailo in Nassarawa LGA
  • Construction of drainage and interlock at Gaida Quarters in Kumbotso LGA
  • Construction of drainage at 4No. streets in Sardauna Crescent, at Nassarawa LGA
  • Construction of drainage at Kano State College of Education, and Preliminary Studies
  • Construction of drainages at Sule Gaya Road, Dantata Road, St. Lious Sec Sch. And Bompai Police Barrack.
  • Construction of drainage at Dandinshe in Dala LGA
  • Construction of drainage at Kwalli, Sagagi in Municipal LGA

Commerce, Manufacturing and Solid Minerals

  1. Mr. Speaker, our allocation for this sector in the 2019 fiscal year was the sum of N1.6 billion. This formed the bedrock for undertaking various projects and programmes during the year under review. Our achievements so far in the sector include:
  • Introduction of Business Clinics (Asibitin Kasuwanci) to diagnose and proper solution to Business environment especially MSME’’s;
  • Conducting high level stakeholder’s engagement to discuss economic issues quarterly;
  • Establishing Agricultural Processing Clusters at 3 Senatorial District of the State (NAADI);
  • Enhance Rural Urban Markets Development Initiatives (RUMDI);
  • Revival of local Art and Craft Industry for International consumption.
  • Establishment of Dangwauro Market which will consist of over six thousand shops. 60% of the Pharmaceutical section is almost completed.
  • Training and Empowering of Local Weavers from Minjibir (Gidan Gabas), Makoda (Mai Tsidau) and Gwarzo (Kayyu)) Local Areas
  • Establishment of Kura Rice Milling Cluster.

Women, Youth and People with Special Needs

  1. Mr. Speaker, in order to empower key social groups, Government has implemented affirmative programmes for the Youth, Women and People with Special Needs, including other vulnerable groups as follows:
  • Launched the State Action Plan on violence against women and children in collaboration with Development Partners and other key stakeholders.
  • Rehabilitated 200 drug dependents, comprising 150 males and 50 females. The youth were trained and empowered with N40,000 each to startup businesses.
  • Trained and Empowered 1,760 people with special need: Each one of them (male and female) were after the training given N20,000 to commence business.
  • Constructed Orphanage Home at Gaya Local Government Area
  • Rehabilitated Remand Home at Goron Dutse in an effort to improve the correctional facilities in the State

Information, Sports and Culture

  1. Mr. Speaker, in the outgoing fiscal year, the Information Sector has sustained its primary role of keeping the citizenry abreast of the government business in line with the present administration’s policy of enhancing transparency and accountability in public service.

In the year under review, Government has supported various cultural and traditional activities to mark several events of immense religious and cultural values such as Sallah Festivities, Carnival in Abuja, including sponsoring Koroso Dancers to celebrate Nigeria’s 59thIndependence Anniversary in Turkey. The dancers were there on invitation from Turkish Ambassador, who was impressed with the Kano dancers colorful traditional attires as well as acrobatic and martial arts display.

  1. Other commitments that took place in the outgoing financial year under this sector, include repairs and renovation in some parastatals, which comprised:

Special Duties

  1. Mr. Speaker, in our collective resolve to secure job opportunities and encourage self-reliance among our youth, Government has through the Office of the Special Adviser on Automobile and Guidance and Counselling Board undertook the following in the outgoing fiscal year:

Governance and Service Delivery

  1. Mr. Speaker, despite the economic challenges affecting the State and the nation at large, our administration has sustained the staff promotion and provision of other welfare packages for the State and Local Government workforce. This is in addition to training and retraining of staff.
  2. The administration has also maintained a very harmonious working relationship with Labor Unions and Associations. Series of meetings/consultations were maintained and this has manifested in the realization of 2019 as another free strike/industrial dispute year as is the case since our inception in the year 2015 to date. In the period under review, the following feats were undertaken:
  • Successful implementation and take off of the State Contributory Health Scheme (KCHIMA);
  • Disbursement of N311, 250,000.00 as Car, Refurbishing and Motorcycle Loans to 1704 civil servants across MDAs;;
  • The introduction of civil service reform agenda where Key Performance Indicators aimed at ensuring optimal service delivery across MDAs;;
  • The establishment of an ICT center under the Office of the Head Civil Service for enhancing the ICT capacity of the civil service;
  • The conduct of Promotional Examination has been enhanced from analogue to CBT examination. This has further buttressed the level of ICT compliance within the civil service.

Civil Service Commission">Civil Service Commission

Mr. Speaker, the Civil service was able to record the following accomplishment in the year 2019

THE 2020 BUDGET PROFILE

  1. Mr. Speaker, the 2020 Budget tagged Budget of Sustainable Social Development”">Budget of Sustainable Social Development”” seeks to further consolidate the policies that Government have been implementing in directing resources and efforts towards stimulating the state economic growth. The process of formulating the 2020 Budget was informed by the compelling need to continue consolidating the fiscal position whilst safeguarding the allocations on education sector, skills development, security and other core service delivery areas.
  2. Mr. Speaker, the 2020 financial year has the following as its key policy thrusts:
  1. Mr. Speaker Sir, Honourable Members, having stated the main policy attributes and assumptions of the 2020 Draft Budget, it is my singular honour and privilege to present to this Honourable House an Appropriation Bill of One Hundred and Ninety Seven Billion, Six Hundred and Eighty Three Million, Three Hundred and Fifty three Thousand, six Hundred and fifty Nine Naira (N197,683,353,659) for Kano State Government’s Recurrent Services and Capital Programmes/ Projects for the Fiscal Year 2020. Out of the total amount budgeted for 2020 fiscal year, the sum of N79,972,726,778 will be spent on recurrent expenditure, while N117,710,626,881 will be expended on capital programmes and projects.
  2. RECURRENT REVENUE

Mr. Speaker and Honorable Members, the total projected Recurrent Revenue for the year 2020 is estimated at the sum of N143,900,000,000 which consist of N40,000,000,000 as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)) and N76,000,000,000 as revenue from the Federation Account. The total recurrent revenue is lower than that of year 2019 by N14,762,668,707 representing 9% decrease. It is important to note that the projected Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)) is lower than that of year 2019 by N6,901,030,760 representing 15% decrease.

  1. CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

Mr. Speaker, the proposed capital expenditure for the 2020 fiscal year is N117,710,626,881, which is lower than that of 2019 by N16,209,513,632 representing 12% decrease and it is to be financed by N63,972,273,222 expected Recurrent Revenue surplus and total capital receipts of N53,783,353,659.The Capital Receipt is made up of estimated Grants and aids of N25,989,884,251, expected Internal and External loans drawdown is N23,112,500,000, estimated Miscellaneous receipts of N4,446,269,408  and Treasury opening balance of N234,700,000.

  1. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, before I present detailed allocations in respect of various sectors for the 2020 budget, I would like to begin by introducing the newly created ministries and restructured ministries with their respective budgetary allocations for the next fiscal year as follows:

Ministry of Religious Affairs">Ministry of Religious Affairs

  1. Mr. Speaker, we are all aware of the high premium this administration has placed on religion owing to its potency in character moulding and instilling moral virtues to our citizens. Cognizance of this, the Ministry of Religious Affairs">Ministry of Religious Affairs was created to serve as a bridge between adherents of different religions in the State; handling of marital issues; address street begging and come up with strategies to cater for children according to Islamic tenets, especially education and the sustain search for knowledge.
  2. Other concerns of the ministry will include the distribution of Zakkat and management of Islamic agencies like Hisbah Board, Zakka & Khubsi and Shariah Commissions, among others. In this regard, we have proposed the sum of N646,807,967 to enable the Ministry to discharge its mandates in the State successfully.

Ministry of Tourism and Culture

  1. Mr. Speaker, this ministry is created to unlock the Tourism sector’s potential that had hitherto been in limbo for quite long as well as facilitate development of our cherished cultural values. This, we believe will in no small measure encourage tourism and accelerate the business of hoteliers, restaurants, entertainment, etc. for the visitors and the citizenry alike. As a result, Government intends to commit the sum of N382,340,025 for the smooth take off of the ministry and other interventions in the year 2020.

 

Ministry of Works and Infrastructure">Ministry of Works and Infrastructure

  1. Mr. Speaker, the Ministry of Works Housing and Transport">Ministry of Works Housing and Transport is now restructured and a Ministry of Works and Infrastructure">Ministry of Works and Infrastructure is carved out of it. The ministry now had its mandate redefined to cater for only works and other infrastructural development. It is our believed this will reduce the burden of workload under the existing arrangement which will pave way to speedy implementation of government projects and policies pertaining to construction and maintenance of public buildings as well as other infrastructural development.
  2. Mr. speaker ,Honorable members, the present administration is fully committed to achieving Socio-Economic Development of the State, through the provision of  adequate  infrastructural facilities to compete with other side of developing  world in order to attract  more foreign investment in the state.

To this end, therefore, government proposed to allocate the sum of N33.8billion in the 2020 fiscal year.

Ministry of Housing and Transport

  1. Mr. Speaker, this is another newly created ministry as earlier stated carved out from the former Ministry of Works Housing and Transport">Ministry of Works Housing and Transport. The ministry will be in charge of promoting Shelter in the State and development of transport sector policies. To enable the discharge of its mandate, this administration has set aside the total sum of N5.9billion to undertake projects and programmes in the 2020 financial year.
  2. Rt. Hon Speaker, Honourable Members, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, these were the new and the restructured ministries created in line with governance and institutional reforms of this administration. At this juncture, therefore, I will proceed to highlight the allocations for other priority Sectors for the year 2020.

Education Sector

  1. The Present administration will continue to sustain the giant stride made in expanding access to basic quality education in the State in line with our policy of making Free and compulsory primary and secondary education, development of vocational education and Tsangaya Schools in the State. The programme would cost government N200Million Naira monthly and N2.4Billion annually. Therefore, 1,180 schools with population of 834,366 pupils were selected for the free and compulsory education programme.
  2. Mr. Speaker, to actualize our policy of free and compulsory education in both primary and secondary education as well as increase access and improve the quality of education and training at all levels, the Government has propose to spend a total sum of N49.9Billion in this Critical Sector representing 25.23% of the Total Budget of the State.

Bureau for Land Management/Kano Urban Planning and Development Authority

 

  1. Mr. Speaker, Honorable members, provision of urban roads is a major requisite to attaining economic growth and development as provided in Kano State Development Plan II. The on-going program of rehabilitation and renewal of major urban roads and infrastructure, construction of new roads and under passes, bridges as well as flyovers are clear testimony of our commitment in that direction.

To further consolidate our investment in the infrastructure development, we propose to spend the sum of N3.6Billion in the 2020 fiscal year.

Agriculture:

  1. We are all aware that Kano State is endowed with abundant arable land, fertile soil and conducive climatic conditions for agricultural production. This makes agriculture to be the mainstay of our economy.

Mr. Speaker and Honorable members, in order to complement the efforts of the Federal Government of economic diversification as well as the role played by this sector as the largest employer of Labour, the sum of N5.4Billion is allocated to this sector to assist farmers, fishermen, and others in agricultural businesses so as to boost the output in the entire sector.

Our target is to achieve Food sufficiency and sustained employment

generation to our teeming youth through agricultural activities, development of additional cultivable land and increase in livestock production that would meet not only our consumption but for export to neighboring States.

Health

  1. Mr. Speaker, the year 2020 fiscal year’s health interventions will be placed on improving maternal and new born child health and equipping the health facilities to diagnose and treat diseases. Emphasis will also be placed on preventive rather than curative healthcare. To this end, Government has proposed to spend the sum of N30.7Billion representing 15.5% of the 2020 budget for various interventions in this sector.

 

Environmental Protection">Environmental Protection

  1. Mr. Speaker and esteemed Members, addressing ecological and environmental challenges, will foster sustainable development in the state. In our effort to sustain community participation in ensuring clean environment in the State, communal work assisted by government through Sustainable Kano Project for maintaining drainages and water facilities is receiving greater attention.

It is therefore in recognition of the foregoing, this administration is proposing to spend the sum of N3.3Billion on various activities in the sector for the coming 2020 fiscal year.

Women, Youth and People with Special Needs

  1. Mr. Speaker, social and economic security programmes shall continue to be extended to the most vulnerable groups in our society even in the midst of tight fiscal conditions. In this regard, Government will in the coming fiscal year will embark on rigorous empowerment schemes for women and youth as well people with special needs. Hence, the sum of N915,581,142 is proposed for programmes and services under the sector.

Water Resources

  1. Mr. Speaker, Government’s objective for the year 2020 is to increase access to safe water in both urban and rural areas. This is in line with the United Nation Recommendation that adequate water supply is not only a necessary requirement for human development and Industrial use but also has positive multiplier effect on poverty alleviation. This is because clean and healthy drinkable water is necessary for a healthy population. In order to achieve this, Government has proposed to expend the sum of N15Billion for the Sector.

 

Rural and Community Development

  1. Mr. Speaker and Honorable Members, I am delighted to inform you that our administration is fully committed to general Construction and Rehabilitation of Rural roads across the State to enable rural populace to convey their agricultural products to major markets that will definitely help in attaining economic growth and development in Kano State. The rehabilitation and construction of major roads are clear testimony of our commitment in that direction.

To further consolidate our investment in the rural infrastructure development, we proposed to spend the sum of N3.4Billion in the 2020 fiscal year.

Judiciary

  1. Mr. Speaker, the Justice System is central in the promotion of human rights, the fight against corruption and improving business environment. In order to sustain these, Government has proposed to expend the sum of N7.9Billion for various interventions in the sector for the year 2020.

Governance and Service Delivery

  1. Mr. Speaker, a conducive governance environment is important in creating the conditions necessary to trigger and sustain economic diversification, growth, job creation and attaining effective service delivery. It is in this regard that the implementation of policy, regulations and structural reforms will continue in the year 2020.
  2. Mr. Speaker, in order to ensure the smooth running of Government, the sum of N33.7Billion is proposed in the coming 2020 financial year.

Conclusion

  1. Mr. Speaker, before I round off this address let me use this opportunity to congratulate you and the entire Honorable Members for your respective victories at the legislative elections conducted this year.

Equally, permit me to use this medium to once again congratulate us for the existing synergy and cordial relationship that exist between the three arms of government. It is my prayer that the spirit of cooperation between us will be sustained in our collective undertaking to serve the people of Kano State.

  1. Mr. Speaker, I am confident that, working together as a people with support from all our development partners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)), etc., we can achieve the set targets. It is, therefore, my responsibility, your responsibility, our responsibility to do more to give a boost to our economy and lift our State to the Next Level of Development.
  2. Mr. Speaker, united we stand and divided we fall. In Unity no challenge is insurmountable. We must join hands together to emerge stronger and face our challenges. Together we can do it.
  3. Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to formally, in the name of Allah the Most Merciful and Most High present an aggregate Budget of N197,683,353,659 for the year 2020 Tagged asBudget of Sustainable Social Development”">Budget of Sustainable Social Development””, with recurrent allocation of N79,972,726,778 representing 40% and capital estimate of N117,710,626,881 representing 60% for favorable consideration by this August House.
  4. I thank you most sincerely for your attention.

Wassalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Ta’alah, Wabarakatuh



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