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Sokoto govt approves N29B supplementary budget 

By Suru Charles

A supplementary budget in the sum of twenty-nine billion, three hundred and eighty nine million naira (N29,389,000,000.00) for this year, has been made by the Sokoto state government.

The budget, according to the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hassan Muhammad Maccido will be used to offset the expenditure components of the state’s disbursements in the areas of personnel cost, overhead cost and capital expenditure.

The details were revealed at the close of the state executive council meeting presided over by the Deputy Governor, Manir Muhammad Dan Iya.

Briefing journalists shortly after the meeting, the commissioner gave the breakdown of the sum as follows:

Eight hundred and four million naira (804,000,000) for personnel cost, sixteen billion, four hundred and seventy four million naira(16,474,000,000.00 ) for overhead cost while twelve billion, one hundred and eleven million naira (12,111,000,000.00) is for capital projects.

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He said the reason for the supplementary budget is to utilize funds accruing to the state from additional revenue receipts this year ending to fund government’s programmes and projects for the remaining part of the year and up till the time that the 2023 budget will be passed into law.

The commissioner also explained that the supplementary budget became necessary considering the fact that price of goods and services has increased.

The state government, as stated by him, is currently executing various developmental projects which have reached different stages of completion; thus requiring additional funding, for which the contractors have applied for the variation to complete them.

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