By Huseyn Abubakar Mbar.
Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State on Wednesday signed into law, the 2018 appropriation bill of N167.89 billion.
Abubakar said that 60 per cent of the budget was allocated to capital expenditure while 40 per cent was for recurrent expenditure.
He said that the education sector was given the lion share of 19.22 per cent while 15.23 per cent was allocated to the health sector.
The governor said that so far, he was not impressed with the performance of the health sector and promised to monitor activities of the sector to enable the government make a difference in the implementation of the 2018 budget.
According to him, the completion of ongoing projects and diversification of sources of Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state will be given attention.
He said that geologists from Czeck Republic would soon be in the state to commence mining and other activities in area of solid minerals.
He said the state government would encourage mechanized farming as part of efforts to discourage subsistence farming
“We want to turn agriculture into a venture to ensure food security for the state, as against the subsistence agriculture we are practicing,” the governor said.
He said that the state government would also embark on construction of 1,000 kilometers of rural roads through the support of the World Bank, saying that the state had commenced the payment of its counterpart fund.”