Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai has signed into law the 2017 budget for the state.
The state has estimated the sum of N214.9bn, made up of N83.46bn for recurrent and N131.45bn for capital expenditure:
El-Rufai, while signing the appropriation bill Tuesday, said the state had received the Paris Club refund from the Federal Government, and it would be used to clear six years pension, gratuity and death benefits of retired and dead workers.
“I wish to inform our legislators that we shall be submitting a Supplementary Budget to enable us capture the debt refunds we have just received from the Federal Government. Fifty-five percent of these funds belong to the state government, and the balance is for the local governments. We propose to apply 50% of the funds to settled the inherited arrears of gratuity and death benefits for state and local government workers.
“Some of these unpaid arrears date from as far back as 2010. Mr. Dan Ndackson, the Executive Secretary of the Bureau of Pension, has done a great job of sorting out these records and we will be ready to pay once the supplementary budget is passed,” he said.
He said the budget was deliberately skewed rising from N172bn approved for 2016 because “we need to increase spending in a recession.
Speaker Kaduna State House of Assembly, Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, had earlier called on the executive arm of government to ensure the 2017 budget was implemented.