Katsina - Gov. Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State on Monday signed the state's 2013 budget of N114.1 billion into law.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the governor presented a budget of N114.5 billion the state House of Assembly which was slashed to N114.1 billion.
Shema, in the budget tagged: ``Budget of Responsibility’’, said that 72 per cent was earmarked for capital expenditure, while 28 per cent would be spent on the recurrent expenditure.
He commended the lawmakers for their support toward moving the state forward, urging them to sustain the good efforts.
Shema said the government would continue to pay more attention to social services aimed at improving the living condition of the people.
According to him, the social services included provision of foreign scholarships to indigenes, payment of WAEC/NECO fees, poverty alleviation programme and agricultural development.
He said that government would also continue to maintain free medical services to accident victims, kidney patients, pregnant women and children, the aged and the physically challenged persons.
Shema also assured that the administration would ensure regular promotion and payment of entitlement of civil servants to boost their morale for effective service delivery.
He urged people of the state to continue to support the administration’s policies and programmes for the development of the state.
Earlier, the Speaker, Ya’u Gwajo-Gwajo, said that the adjustment followed some corrections made by the house during the budget defence of the ministries and departments.
Gwajo-Gwajo urged the State Government to ensure full implementation of the budget for the development of the state.
He assured that the lawmakers would continue to join hands with the executive to improve the living condition of the citizens and move the state forward.