NIGERIA: Kwankwaso Tasks Govts on Good Budgeting System

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Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has said sustainable development in the country can only be guaranteed if governments at all levels insist on realistic budgeting.

He said the three tiers of government in the country must focus on projects that are specific and achievable based on priority, need and spread instead of embarking upon projects that would end up being abandoned.

The governor, who spoke while receiving participants of Senior Executive Course No. 35, 2013 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau State, who were on a study tour to the state, called on members of the National Assembly to carefully select development projects before including them in the federal budget.

He pointed out that a case whereby the federal government embarks on small projects in the name of “constituency projects,” which will later end up being abandoned, is not in the best interest of the people.

The governor argued that the federal government should have included in its budgets, the completion of major undertakings like the Kano River, Bagwai and Kunchi irrigation projects, which were embarked upon decades ago in Kano, instead of executing almost 100 new projects, such as primary healthcare centres, which ought to have been constructed by local government councils.

Consequently, he tasked leaders at all levels to be more serious in discharging their mandates and to adopt proactive approaches towards implementing the various reports and recommendations of experts and stakeholders on critical issues, which were currently on the shelves in libraries and archives.

The governor, who rolled out achievements of his government, covering several sectors, said the accomplishments were made possible without obtaining loans and because the administration blocked leakages, improved internally generated revenue, cancelled security vote and ensured strict budget discipline.

In his remarks, the participants team leader, Professor Olu Obafemi, said the theme of this year’s course: “Strengthening Institutional Frameworks and the Transformation Agenda”, was chosen as part of NIPSS contribution to nation building, adding that the tour was in partial fulfilment of the course requirements.

Obafemi, who acknowledged that Kano State was growing rapidly in recent years, said he was gratified that Kwankwaso’s administration was executing projects that would uplift the society.

“We are certain that with that kind of effort, the course participants will gain immensely in a way that will enrich the writing of their project and the submission that will be made to government in its effort to transform this society,” he affirmed.

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