“… the mandate given to us by the people is a trust which we are duty bound to deliver through concrete policies and programmes that would transform their lives for the better, that would ensure that all the basic needs for a decent and dignified human existence are guaranteed and that would ensure that the course of development in the state is charted along a path that is sustainable and humane…” Gov. Sule Lamido 2007
The maximum component of Jigawa state budget of N99.95 billion for the 2015 fiscal year which was presented on January 7th, by the state governor, Dr. Sule Lamido to State House of Assembly, is the last in the lifetime of his administration to be presented as a sitting governor of the state, concentrated mainly of the completion of the ongoing projects in the state.
The budget was premised on the frame work of Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) as to ensure that the process is pursued within a well- informed context, saying it has been projected that for the period 2015-2017 about N267billion would be accrued to the state from various sources.
The budget is 13per cent less than 2014 N114.7billion budget, and have expenditure components of recurrent expenditure of N47.7billion representing 58% of the total budget and capital expenditure of N41.05billion represents 42% respectively.
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The budget proposal indicated a decrease of about 13% compared to 2014 budget, which is largely attributable to the global fall in crude oil price, noting that the 2015 fiscal year would usher in greater discipline aimed at making the state better for all.
The remarkable feats recorded in Jigawa State on budget and planning at time when crisis for presenting, signing and implementation of annual budgets take the centre of political and public discussion in Nigeria is heart warming. Because, today, an average Nigerian, an annual budgets is just a mere ritual that would not make any difference to his livelihood. It is mere a paper work read by those in the helms of affairs, and he do not have any confidence on translation of such plans into reality to the level that it can positively stimulate his social and economic growths. The debate between legislature and the executive as regards to extent of budget implementation in Nigeria becomes order of the day. In most occasion leading to crisis of confidence that is why we witness the glaring consequences of poor budget implementation manifesting in the persistent dwindling of social, political, security and economic brewing the Nigerian society.
But in Jigawa State, the story is different, Governor Sule Lamido deserve commendation for living up to expectations and implementation on budgeting which are between 80% to 95 as in all the last seven years. The reform in all state institutions and budget process that tries to adopt to the best practices of public expenditure and financial management, the natural outcome would be the kind of positive transformation being witnessed today in Jigawa State. Therefore, that might be the secret behind success of Governor Sule Lamdio led administration despite lean resources accrue to state's coffers. Undoubtedly, Governor Sule Lamido administration development strides cover the educational, Health, moral and socio-economic programmes. Governor Sule Lamido has redefine leadership as tool for raising the standard of the people but self enrichment. That is why even the state assembly had to concede that all budget presented to its in the last seven years meet the yearning and aspiration of Jigawa people. Jigawa State has become a reference point when it comes to budget implementation. Governor Lamido has restored confidence, love of the people to government because of the dividends of democracy. The People Jigawa are no longer shy or timid to identify with Jigawa State. The leadership quality of the governor is the touchstone of development in the state if not in the country at large.
Sule Lamido, is governor whose uncommon discernment and appreciation of contemporary developmental issues mark him out as a purposeful leader. From day one, Lamido was certain about what he came to do as governor. His emergence was a God's intervention to rescued Jigawa state. To reciprocate to what Lamido did to Jigawa and its people, as he always preach, we should be committed, dedicated, honest and faithful and love to state and the people. We should as well be decent, patriotic, respectful to our elders and be mindful of who we vote in to office as the 2015 general election draw nearer. We must ensure we vote in to office people with character that will maintain the tempo and improve on our lives and wellbeing and who will continue from where Dr Sule Lamido stopped.
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