Jigawa Gov presents N298.1bn Budget, Earmarks N132bn for Health, Education

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Jigawa Gov presents N298.1bn Budget, Earmarks N132bn for Health, Education

By Uche Friday

Jigawa State Governor Namadi has presented a budget of N298.1 billion for the 2024 fiscal year, representing a 23% increase from the 2023 budget.

The proposed budget is heavily focused on human capital development, with over N132 billion allocated to the health and education sectors. This represents more than two-fifths of the total budget and underscores the priority the government attaches to improving the lives of its citizens.

Education

The education sector will receive over N95.5 billion, surpassing the upper limit of the 15 to 20 percent benchmark being promoted by UNESCO Education For All Initiatives. This funding will be used to support a variety of initiatives, including:

* Recruitment of new teachers

* Construction of new schools and classrooms

* Provision of educational materials

* Improvement of teacher training

Health

The health sector will receive N36.2 billion, representing about 12.2% of the total budget. This funding will be used to:

* Improve access to healthcare services

* Upgrade medical facilities

* Procure essential drugs and equipment

* Train healthcare personnel

Other Recurrent Expenditures

In addition to the funding for health and education, the budget also includes provisions for:

* A contingency fund

* Salaries for PHCD personnel

* Recruitment of new staff across various agencies

* Pensions

Capital Expenditures

The balance of the budget, N175.44 billion, will be allocated to capital investments. This funding will be used for a variety of projects, including:

* Infrastructure development

* Agricultural development

* Economic diversification

Financing the Budget

The budget will be financed through a combination of federal transfers, internally generated revenue, and loans.

Call to Action

Governor Namadi has urged the state House of Assembly to approve the budget so that the government can begin implementing its development plans for 2024.

Overall

The proposed budget is a comprehensive and well-funded plan that aims to improve the lives of Jigawa State citizens.

The heavy focus on human capital development is particularly commendable, and the government’s commitment to economic diversification is also welcome.

The budget has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of Jigawa State residents, and it is hoped that the state House of Assembly will approve it without delay.

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