Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal recently presented a budget estimate of N174.35 billion Naira for the 2016 fiscal year with education getting the biggest allocation of 29 percent.
Tambuwal revealed, when presenting the budget to the state house of assembly, that the sum of N123.8 billion Naira has been set aside for Capital expenditure, while N50.5 billion Naira has been set aside for Recurrent expenditure.
Taking a look at what he presented, education got the largest allocation in order to underscore Tambuwal’s recent policy of declaration of state of emergency in the sector.
He also said that the policy thrust of the Budget is to ensure sustainable development of the State by focusing on the critical sectors of investment in Education, Agriculture, Health, Environment Solid Minerals and Rural Development, among other essential things.
“The Budget will also pay adequate attention to the implementation of various intervention programmes in the area of poverty reduction; to address critical targets of Sustainable Development Goals so as to achieve the aspirations of the citizenry for a meaningful life,” he added.
Tambuwal said among the key policy thrust of the budget was the sustenance of peace and security in the State, improving the quality of education and healthcare delivery, diversifying the economy by harnessing the agricultural sector and solid minerals deposits; improving the revenue base of the state and plugging all leakages thereby ensuring accountability and transparency in the management of resources.
Tambuwal hopes his administration will be able to strengthen public service capacity for good governance, develop human capital, empower our youth, reduce poverty and protect the environment.