El-Rufai Presents N216.55bn Budget For 2018 

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, has presented a budget proposal of N216.55 billion for 2018 to the Kaduna  State House of Assembly. 
He said that the budget was aimed at completing the various projects embarked upon by his administration.
The governor, during his presentation on Thursday, said that N131 billion has been voted for capital projects, while N85.4 billion was voted for recurrent expenditure.
El-Rufai said education, health and social development would take N51.4 billion from the capital expenditure while education and health would get N33 billion and N17 billion respectively.
“We shall be prioritising completion of these projects in the coming year. We are in a time of consolidation, and the budget reflects this thrust.  Development is a continuum, and we are firmly building on the foundations we have laid in the preceding years,” the governor said.
“As at mid 2017, there were 443km of township roads and 16 intercity roads with a distance of 414.8km at various stages of completion. In addition, 17 rural feeder roads with distance of 172 km are being constructed. We campaigned vigorously against the poor state of public schools.”
By Raphael Adenaike
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