GOVERNOR Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has signed the state’s N20, 121, 581, 000. 86 supplementary budget bill 2016 into law. Shortly before signing the bill, the governor explained that it was to allow the government to formalise its expenditure for the remaining period of the 2016 fiscal year. He added that it would also enable the administration to channel funds from ministries, agencies and departments that had unused money to other arms of the government where expenditure was required, adding that the move would also guarantee appropriation of excess revenue accruals. The 2016 Supplementary Appropriation bill was earlier forwarded by the executive to the state legislature which passed it before the end of the current financial year. “Consequently, on-going developmental projects and policy implementation in the state will continue without fiscal hindrance,” the governor said. Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje has signed the state Kidnapping, Abduction and Forced Labour Bill into law, explaining that the law became necessary in view of the spate of kidnappings in the state, particularly in local government areas neighbouring Falgore forest. “The law provides for death sentence for kidnappers who abduct and kill their victim, while kidnappers who abduct but did not kill their victim, if apprehended and found culpable, would be jailed for life,” the governor announced. Governor Ganduje in a statement issued and signed by his media aide, Salihu Tanko, therefore advised kidnappers to repent and hand over their weapons to security agencies, explaining that those who did so would be considered for rehabilitation to enable them re- integrate into the society.

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