Sani Muhammad Sani
Zamfara State house of Assembly committee on finance and appropriation has revealed that it is left with no option but to take the most dignifying steps of further trimming down the state budget from the initial figure of N126,775 000.00 to N117,575,400,000,00.
The Committee was saddled with the responsibility of revising the 2021 budget estimate as required by the executive last week.
The acting Chairman of the committee Hassan Basko, revealed diring the state House of assembly’s plenary session that the decision was born after It consider and studied a comprehensive report of the committee.
Delivering his report before the hallow chamber of the Assembly complex, the Acting chairman of the Committee Hassan Basko revealed that the protracted insecurity situation in the state that culminated into poor performance of internally generated revenue, effect of covid-19 pandemic that adversely affected the state and country in general has also affected negatively both the performance of capital expenditure which stood at only 32.8% as well as recurrent expenditure with dismal performance of only 27.6% respectively.
He further explained that going by these facts available to the committee and after due consultations with relevant stakeholders from finance and Budget ministries as well as Board of internal Revenue of the state government, the decision to further trimmed down the budget by over twenty five billion naira is considered not only to be the best but the last and final option.
Shamsudeen Hassan also informed his the assembly that part of the recommendations of his committee is that government should evolve more ways of generating income in form of revenue and also block all leakages of revenue generation from all revenue generating agencies of government in order to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people .
He solicit the support and corporation of his colleagues to agree and give the report a third and final reading which contained the Sum of N117,575,400,000,00 as the real 2021 budget estimate for the year ending.
In his contribution a member representing Maru North Hon Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma concur with Basko’s assertion that revenue generating agencies of government are cunning in terms of remittances to the state coffers citing tertiary institutions in the state such School of Nursing and midwifery as a case in point where they admitted more than 1,500 students with minimum of N5,000 as registration fees but ended up having nothing to remit to the state government.
Speaker of the assembly Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya while commending the committee for a job well done, faulted committee on Public accounts of not effecting routine overnight to all revenue agencies in the state and urge them to start doing so without further delay.