From: Ruth Yarnap , Bauchi
Bauchi State Government has reduced recurrent expenditures to 43 percent for the 2020 fiscal year and increased Capital expenditures to 57 percent.
The Commissioner in charge of Budget and Economic Planning, Dr Aminu Hassan Gamawa disclosed this during a press conference on Wednesday while giving the breakdown of the 2020 proposed budget in Bauchi .
According to him, the development followed the determination of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led administration to develop the state to be able to compete with its neighbors.
Hassan Gamawa stated that the new system will cut down the excesses in payment of salaries, allowances, pension and gratuities following the recent verification to determine the exact number of civil servants in the state.
He assured that the sum of over N8b has been set aside for salaries, allowances, pension and gratuities which he said is not a privilege but a right of every civil servant while another sum of N800m is to be spent on allowances for political aides.
The Commissioner also explained that capital projects spread across the state will be embarked upon in the 2020 fiscal year the more reason for the increase in the capital expenditures and the reduction of recurrent expenditures.
Speaking on health sector, he said that 200 health facilities across the state will either be rehabilitated, reconstructed, equipped and or made effectively functional to provide quality healthcare delivery services to the people.
While the education sector too will be given required attention in line with the priority of the administration which is to ensure that there is quality education, saying that the SUBEB will be strengthened and supported through the prompt release of counterpart funding, he added.
The commissioner said in the 2020 budget appropriation is the demographic redoing of Bauchi master plan to ensure that land and space was utilized for the purpose it is meant for in order to check disaster just as work and other forms of employment opportunities will be created for youth and women.
He also assured that every business outfit in the state will have one benefit or the other during the direct Labour system to be adopted by the administration considering the focus of the budget which is ‘Renewal of Hope’.
As soon as the budget was approved and passed by the State House of Assembly, he said it will be made public through various platforms and domains challenging the media to participate in the tracking process of the budget in order to ensure that it was fully and diligently implemented.