Tambuwal signs Sokoto’s N204.3bn 2017 budget into law


Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Friday night signed into law the state’s
2017 appropriation bill of over N204.3 billion.

Speaking at the event, Tambuwal expressed delight at the timely passage of
the budget document by the state House of Assembly.

He said now that it has become a law, its provisions will be diligently
implemented for the benefit of the people of the state.

He said despite financial difficulties faced in the country last year, his
administration did not falter in payment of entitlement to workers and

“The Auditor-General for Local Governments is working to effect the payment
of outstanding pensions and gratuities of local government staff and we
will bring it up to date as well,” he added.

Tambuwal also promised to ensure the performance of the budget is better
than that of 2016.

“The 2017 budget will be better than 2016 in terms of implementation, while
even distribution of resources will be ensured. We will start new projects
across the state, with much emphasis placed on rural areas,” he said.

In his remarks, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Salihu Maidaji,
extolled the existing cordial relationship between the legislative and
executive arms of government in the state.

He however stressed the need for improved internal revenue generations
sequel to the dwindling oil revenues.

It will be recalled Tambuwal had on December 29, 2016 presented the budget
estimate of the state to the House of Assembly amounting to over N204.3
billion, with highest sectoral allocation 27.3 percent allocated to the
education sector.