Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno state has signed into law the 2017 Appropriation Bill of N183,840.48, “tagged Budget of Consolidation, Restoration and Re-birth” passed by the state House of Assembly.
Governor Shettima, while signing into law the 2017 Appropriation Bill at the Council Chambers of the Government House Maiduguri on Monday said “today is a great day. Since five to six years ago, we had never had it so good, as the budget was pass into law within less than three weeks. This was done due to the wonderful relationship between the Legislature, Judiciary and Executive.”
The governor said the government was going to ensure that before May 29, 2017 government enables the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, to return to their communities to restore their dignity, as staying in the camps encourages child prostitution, gangsterism, drug addiction and other vices.
He frowned at the way some Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, were using the IDPs to make money. He said the World Food Programme, UNFPA, UNICEF, IOM, ICRC, Danish and Norwegian Refugees Council and UNHCR are the bodies doing well in the state, while many of the NGOs were smiling to banks at the expense of the suffering people of the state.
He called on those NGOs using IDPs in Borno State to make money to leave the state, as the state government will drastically sanction them, insisting that their services are not required in the state.
The governor said that based on the records before him there are 120 NGOs operating in the state but only few are making impact on the lives of the people of the state, adding that government must work round the clock to see that all camps are closed on or before May 29, 2017.
While presenting the budget for assent, the Speaker, Borno state House of Assembly, Right Hon. Abdulkareem Lawan said that they speedily passed into law the 2017 budget in less than three weeks due to the cordial relationship that exists between the House and the Executive.
Earlier, the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Kaka Shehu Lawan, said the signing of the budget was based on the powers conferred on the Governor by section 100(123) of the 1999 constitution as amended.