Budget 2016: ‘Adamawa Will Spend Looted Funds On Insurgency-Hit Areas’

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Adamawa State Governor, Jibrilla Bindow
Adamawa State Governor, Jibrilla Bindow

From Tom Garba, Yola
As insurgents destroyed houses, hospitals, schools and other government’s property in the North-east, the Adamawa State Government, has said that it would use this year’s budget to execute massive rehabilitation works in the areas affected by the crisis across the state.
Commissioner of Finance, Mahmood Sali Yunusa, who disclosed this at a media briefing on budget breakdown held in Government House Yola said, the government would also execute its projects with the remittances of looted fund refunded to the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) from corrupt public officials in the state to balance its 44.8 billion naira deficit.
Yunusa explained that the concept of National Budget for the 2016 is formulated on the national perspective plan of Vision 20-2020, which he said is also predicated on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will enhance the rapid socio economic growth of the nation.
He stated that in view of this, the Adamawa proposed budget tagged “Budget Of Social Change” would consolidate the policy objectives of the Jibrilla Bindow administration towards economic transformation of the state within the fiscal year.
On sectoral allocations, the commissioner stated Government House has over N8 billion, office of the Secretary to the State Government, N7.7 billion while ministry of Agriculture and natural Resources received N1.6 billion and education got N4.7 billion.
Others are Ministry of Justice has N7 billion; Ministry of Health N5.6 billion; and Ministry of Works, N20 billion. The total of the proposed budget is N120 billion.

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