The Gombe State House of Assembly passed a budget of N208.064 billion for the state’s fiscal year 2024, reflecting a slight increase of N300 million from the N207.75 billion initially submitted by Governor Inuwa Yahaya.
The announcement was made in a statement by the Chief Information Officer of the House, Mr. Umaru Ma’aji, in Gombe on Wednesday. The Speaker of the House, Abubakar Luggerewo, expressed gratitude to fellow lawmakers for their support, cooperation, and the efficient handling of the Appropriation Bill.
According to the statement, the Appropriation Bill underwent scrutiny by the House Committee on Appropriation, which presented the 2024 budget estimate for adoption and subsequent passage.
Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Mr. Aliyu Baba-Manu, highlighted that the budget’s primary focus is on the completion of ongoing projects in the state. However, he raised concerns about the budget officers of most Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) not being well-versed in budget provisions guided by the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF).
In response to this observation, Baba-Manu recommended that the budget office transmit the executive council’s approved budget to ministries, emphasizing the need for thorough understanding and adherence to the N208 billion budget size for 2024.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya had presented the 2024 budget proposal of N207.75 billion to the House on December 4. The budget, titled “Budget of Continuity and Consolidation,” allocates 42 percent for recurrent expenditure and 58 percent for capital expenditure, with a strong emphasis on project continuity and consolidation in the state.