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KADUNA ASSEMBLY: Lawmakers Deliberate on N78 Billion Budget For State Local Councils

LEGISREPORTSNG – The Kaduna State House of Assembly on Tuesday deliberated on the N78 billion 2013 budget for the 23 local councils in the state.

The Bill which passed its second reading had N54.7 billion of the total budget as figure for recurrent services and N23.3 billion for capital projects.

According to the Majority Leader of the House, David Umaru, N14 billion would be spent on the salary of local councils’ staff and N22.3 billion on that of primary school teachers.

Umaru added that out of the N23.3 billion was earmarked for capital projects, N1.65 billion would be spent by the Development Areas and N2.9 billion on the procurement of farm inputs.

Members of the House urged the assembly to thoroughly scrutinize the capital provisions to ensure that no area was short changed.

Kantiok Irimiya of Zonkwa constituency, called for thorough investigation on the finances of the local councils, adding that the investigation would enable the house determine how funds appropriated to the councils were spent.

Mohammed Ali, representing Kawo constituency, expressed concern over the high cost of servicing workers at the expense of capital projects for communities, asking that the house seriously looks into the matter so as to reduce high personnel cost.

The Assembly referred the bill to its Committee on Appropriation for further legislative input.

This report was prepared by our reporter in Kaduna State

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