BY SHEHU MUSA, Dutse
Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State has assented to 2020 revised budget with a pledge to stick to budgetary financial discipline, and implementation in line with policies of budgetary policies.
The revised budget from N153.920b was reduced to N124.357 a drop of about N28.5billion or 19 per cent drop in the size of the budget.
According to him, the reduction was not peculiar to the state budget alone as it also affects the state local government budget from N72.5b to N56.2 billion, a drop of about 16.33 per cent.
He said that this was necessary in order to attend to other extra spending especially that 13 per cent of the budget will be dedicated to Covid-19 pandemic, other business stipulations, among other specific spending.
He attributed the revision of the budget to Covid-19 pandemic which affects the world economically. He cited an example of the drop in the oil revenue which crashed from $27 per barrel to $18 per barrel, that actually necessitated the revised budget proposals, he declared.