Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State on Monday signed into law, the 2021 appropriation bill passed by the State House of Assembly.
Zulum signed the budget at the council chamber of the Government House in Maiduguri.
The budget was however increased from N208b proposed by Zulum, to N248 billion, for which the assembly explained, was to cater for industrial projects by the Borno plastic industry and the Maiduguri International Hotel amongst series of others contained in the budget specifics that will be made public after publication.
Zulum had in his initial presentation proposed N135.1b for capital projects which represented 65% of the budget sum, and N72b for recurrent.
The governor while signing the budget, charged all ministries, agencies and departments to comply strictly with the provisions of the 2021 appropriation law.
He also directed members of his cabinet to accelerate activities in their ministries for the people of the to derive maximum benefit.
Zulum expressed appreciation to the leadership and members of the Borno State House of Assembly for their cooperation with the executive arm.
He explained that his administration will this year, sustain its priority on security, education, healthcare, agriculture, provision of portable water as well as reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of internally displaced persons and refugees.
The state’s attorney general and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan conducted the signing ceremony, noting that the governor’s assent was a constitutional requirement for the bill passed by the assembly to become law of the state.