Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam
Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe on Thursday signed the N88.9 billion budget for 2016 fiscal year into law.

Gaidam said the budget size remained the same as presented to the state House of Assembly.

He said N42.7 billion was allocated to capital expenditure while N46.2 billion was earmarked for recurrent services.

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The governor said the principle of probity, accountability and transparency would be entrenched and strengthened in conducting government affairs.

“Only reputable contractors should be engaged in the execution of government projects in order to ensure quality work and get value for money,” he said.

The governor also inaugurated chairmen of the 17 local governments in the state with a warning against corruption.

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Gaidam warned that government would not hesitate to hand over anyone found wanting to the relevant authorities.

The governor expressed regret that five out of the local councils could not pay their salaries because of ghost workers.

He said government had uncovered activities of some local government officials selling employment letters to the public illegally.

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“Some of the appointment letters were sold bearing names and people leaving in Lagos.

“Government is working on this and all those involved will be apprehended to face the wrath of the law.”