By Dalah Lawan
Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni presented Two Hundred and Seventeen Billion Naira, (N217,000,000,000.00), a proposed Budget for the 2024 physical year to the State House of Assembly.
Governor Buni presented the proposed Budget during the house Plenary held in Damaturu.
The budget tagged Budget of Consolidation and Economic Development, is geared towards the completion of the ongoing projects and funding of new ones.
Governor Buni said the 2024 budget accords priority to key sectors and programmes with a direct impact on the lives of the people.
The sum of N122.8 billion was allocated to Capital expenditure, while N94 billion to recurrent expenditure.
The state recorded an increase of N54 billion against the N163 billion budgeted for 2023.
Gov. Buni said education, healthcare, and youth empowerment are given priority attention in the 2024 budget to improve the sectors.
According to the Governor the Youth Empowerment Farm Programme will be boosted to provide gainful employment opportunities to the youth through rain-fed crop production and irrigation development.
He said animal Health programmes will be improved through the provision of drugs and vaccines while animal production activities will be enhanced through artificial insemination, development of artisanal and aquaculture fisheries, and reactivation of dormant hatcheries.
Speaker House of Assembly, Hon. Ciroma Buba Mashio assured that the house will continue partnering with the Executive and Judiciary arms.
He added that the House will ensure timely passage of the Appropriation Bill 2024.