Gombe State House of Assembly has passed into law the 2011 Appropriation Bill of N59.9 billion reflecting a decrease of N26 million below the initial submission by Governor Danjuma Goje.
Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Dan’azumi Adamu, said the budget was made up of recurrent expenditure of N27.8 billion and a capital expenditure of about N33 billion reflecting a deficit of N2.5 billion.
The budget, according to the chairman, will be principally financed by federal statutory allocation, excess crude oil, internally generated revenue and internal loans.
Adamu said out of the N32 billion appropriate to capital expenditure the economic sector takes the highest share of N13 billion followed by social sector with N9.3 billion, the regional takes N3.3 billion, while general administration has N6.2 billion.
He said his committee made some adjustment and sourced about N2.7 billion from capital heads and sub-heads to fund some roads by the state governor in his budget speech, which were not captured in the initial submission.
The committee recommended that the state board of Internal Revenue should diversify the revenue source of the state in order to sustain the various infrastructure in the state.
The committee also recommended that the House should pass a resolution requesting the state government to employ more manpower in the state civil service particularly Ministry of Education, where there is serious shortfall of teaching staff.
The chairman commended the state Governor Alhaji Muh’d Danjuma Goje and his executive for implementing the 2010 budget for about 85 per cent, which is the highest budget performance since the inception of the incumbent administration.
Commenting on the relationship between the executive and the legislature, the speaker, Alhaji Manga Musa Bojude, thanked the Executive Arm-of-Government for following all resolutions and bills passed by the House, which brought fast development in the state.
He said the proper implementation of the previous budget helped the House to pass 84 bills and 262 resolutions since the inception of administration.