Niger State House of Assembly yesterday passed into law this year’s local government areas appropriation bill of N59,291,275,006.
Out of this amount, N41,300,540,985 representing 69.65 percent was approved as recurrent expenditure while N17,790,734,081 was approved for capital expenditure, representing 30.34 percent of the total budget.
In his remarks after the passage of the bill, speaker of the House, Barrister Adamu Usman charged local governments to abide by the provisions of the law to ensure proper implementation of the budget.
Barrister Usman said the whole idea of passing the law was to ensure that most of the expenditure to be incurred by the local councils must be backed by law.
He added that the approval of the local government budget estimate by the lawmakers was in tandem with extant legislation as contained in the constitution.
Earlier, chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jacob Majin Gana urged local councils to operate within the budgetary provisions, adding that the budget would be financed through statutory and state allocations, VAT, Sure- P, as well as internally generated revenue.