Niger plans to spend N111b to reduce dependence on federal allocations

The governor maintained that the economic sector has the highest sectoral allocation of N29.87 billion, Regional Development is to gulp N16.5 billion; general administration is allocated N13.9 billion; while social services will require N13.45 billion; with Science and Technology having the least allocation of N569 million.

Leading the allocation, the transportation sector takes N17.7 billion; Housing sector N12 billion; health sector N6.2 billion; Agriculture, N6.1 billion; Education N3.9 billion; and N1 billion is allocated to information.

Meanwhile, the state government has hiked the internally generated revenue from N600 million to N1 billion for the next fiscal year with the promise to block all leakages in revenue generation in the state.

The governor said his administration will increase its revenue base in other to discourage the over-dependence on federal allocation, stressing that at the moment, the state is relying 90 per cent on the federal allocation, a situation he described as unhealthy to the growth and development of the state.

Aliyu said his administration would continue with its free education policy in the new year because “education is key to sustainable development” adding that government would embark on the recruitment of teachers in key subjects of English, Mathematics and the sciences either locally or from abroad to take care of the mass failure in these subjects in external examinations.

To this end a college of Basic Education would be established at Gwada in Shiroro Local Government area of the state in the New Year to cater for the growing demand for teachers in educational institutions in the state.

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