2021 Budget: Security Operatives At Nasarawa Assembly Gate Deniesd APC Chairman Access To Assembly Complex

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Rabiu Omaku

The joint security operatives beefed at the main entrance to the Assembly Complex has denied the state chairman of the ruling party, Hon. Philip Tatari Shekwor access to the Assembly.

 

The chairman even after he identify himself as the party chairman of APC, the over zealous security attachee comprises of Mobile Police , The Police and NAYES said nobody would be given access to the complex as they said the directive was from the Speaker of the House of Assembly.

 

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One of the officer said it was a directive  from above that not everybody should be allowed to the premises.

 

It took the swift intervention of a woman politician to rescue the chairman who was denied access into the complex  for a period of 30:00 minutes.

 

The state governor presented a total sum of N112.9bn as 2021 budget,The governor said is  hopefull of the development which he added would galvanize rapid and prompt development aspiration,

 

Engineer Abdullahi Sule attributed the sudden outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic code named COVID-19, This pandemic unfortunately had a toll on human lives and socio-economic development endeavours.

 

“Notwithstanding the economic downturn occasioned by the virus, we remained resolute

Engineer Abdullahi Sule despite the pandemic,the state  recorded some landmark achievements in the areas of health, education, agriculture, infrastructure and others.

 

Regrettably, the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a downward review of the budget in line with national standard occasioned by dwindling revenue to Sixty-two Billion, Nine Hundred and Sixty-eight Million, Three Hundred and Forty-eight Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty-nine Naira (N62,968,348,139) only, which I signed into Law on Tuesday, 28th July, 2020”.

 

The governor said out of the budgeted amount, Thirty-one Billion, Nine Hundred and Forty-three Million, Nine Hundred and Twelve Thousands, Two Hundred and Eighty-five Naira (N31,943,912,285) only was earmarked for Recurrent Expenditure, while Twenty-six Billion, Four Hundred and Sixty-five Million, Six Hundred and Thirty-two Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy-four Naira  (N26,465,632,374) only was budgeted for Capital Expenditure.  Meanwhile, the sum of Four Billion, Five Hundred and Fifty-eight Million, Eight Hundred and Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy-nine Naira (N4,558,803,479) only was dedicated to service Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges of the State.

 

Highlights of Year 2020 Budget

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, it is pertinent to note that the 2020 budget was originally focused on the following areas of critical needs.

The completion of all on-going road construction projects in the State which include Sisinbaki-Farin Ruwa road, Mararaba-Udege road, Kwandare-Keffi road among others;

 

Construction of Rural Feeder roads within the State;

 

Construction of Bus Terminals at Karu and Lafia;

 

Dualization of Shendam road;

 

Completion of the Lafia Airport to add value to the transport system, improve security, attract investment and boost the economy of our dear State;

 

Construct, expand and rehabilitate infrastructure facilities in our educational institutions;

 

Encourage science education to support engineering, medical and technical needs;

 

Construct, upgrade and rehabilitate healthcare facilities and services in the State, as well as equip them;

 

Stimulate agricultural development through the encouragement of commercial agricultural enterprise;

 

Step up wealth creation and job opportunities through the youth and women economic empowerment programmes;

 

Establishment of Human Capital Development Office;

 

Establishment of technological hubs to expand citizens knowledge based on ICT;

 

Massive industrialization of the State through PPP arrangement.

 

 

I need to state that the execution of the above projects commenced in earnest before they were stalled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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