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Borno Budgets N208b for 2021

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Borno governor Babagana Zulum announced a budget of N208b for the 2021 fiscal year. The details of the proposed budget showed that 65 per cent of the budget was allocated to capital projects while 35 per cent was set aside for recurrent expenditure.

The Governor, during his presentation at the state assembly in Maiduguri, proposed N135.1b for capital expenditure, representing 65% and N72.7b for recurrent expenditure representing 35% of the total sum.

Mr Zulum also said the budget will be financed from the statutory allocation and improved internally generated revenue. He said the budget aim to lay foundation for implementation of a development plan recently launched by his administration. The 25-years plan has an initial 10 year phase.

In the budget, N16.2b was allocated to education; N15.7b for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement of IDPs and refugees; N11.7b was allocated to works for construction and rehabilitation of roads in many parts of the state, which are to include rehabilitation of Damboa – Biu road, Chibok – Askira Road, Jiddari Polo road, Customs Flyover, Dualization of post office to Gwange Grave yard, Dualization of Customs to Muna road, laying of Maiduguri – Bama road, urban renewal of Askira and Monguno among others.

The governor also announced allocation N10.4b for healthcare projects including construction of an orthopedic hospital and funding of ongoing Borno State University Teaching Hospital.

Agriculture was allocated N9.4b and N5.7b to Borno State Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA) while N4.2b was allocated for housing and energy towards construction of new city estate of 500 houses in Maiduguri and shopping complexes in each of the state’s senatorial district. Other sectors got lower allocations depending on the budget focus.

The governor announced plan to support 100, 000 farmers in the state.

Mr Zulum, in his review of 2020 fiscal year reeled out some of the projects executed in the state. They include the construction of 22 roads including road network of 43 kilometers with 30 kilometer of drainage, total overlay of 15 kilometers and ongoing overlay of 13.2 kilometers totaling 71.2 kilometers while the first ever flyover in the stage was ongoing bridge in Maiduguri. Mr Zulum also said 33 Healthcare Centers were built across the State while 7 health facilities including General Hospitals were rehabilitated in addition to the construction of two maternity hospitals.

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