Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Saturday signed the state’s 2021 budget of N153.4 billion into law.
The Niger State House of Assembly had on Thursday passed the budget with an increase of N2.21 billion, as against the N151.2 billion presented by the governor.
Speaking at the ceremony in Minna, Bello said that the budget was moderate.
He said that the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted negatively on the state’s economy, forcing the government to scale down its expenditure.
He pledged that the state government would use available legal means to increase Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to beef up its revenue.
The governor urged the people to be patient and supportive of the government, as taxes and levies imposed on them were meant for their collective good.
Bello stressed that the budget was broad and targeted at completing ongoing projects, while calling for the understanding of the people.
He commended the House of Assembly for the quick passage of the budget and assured the people of the budget’s implementation, as passed.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Mr Abdullahi Wuse, promised that the lawmakers would strengthen their oversight functions and ensure the full implementation of the budget.