28 Jan

Gombe State Assembly passes 2022 budget of N154.9b

Gombe State House of Assembly has passed the 2022 Appropriation Bill of N154.9 billion into law with an increase of N353 million over the N154.6 billion Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya proposed.

Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Aliyu Baba Manu, who briefed the House on the budget estimates, said the law was derived from the state Development Plan (DEVAGOM) 2021-2030, Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) and Budget Policy Statement (BSP) 2022-2024.

He also explained that the budget estimate was anchored on macroeconomic assumptions of 1.8 million barrels of oil per day at $57 per barrel, the exchange rate of N410.15 to one United States dollar and the mineral ratio of 31 per cent and an anticipated inflation rate of 13.50 per cent, among others.

Manu said the budget comprised capital expenditure of N83.493 billion representing 53.9 per cent, recurrent expenditure of N71.4 billion or 46.1 per cent and an opening balance of N6 billion.

“The budget will be funded with recurrent and capital receipts of N161.4 billion with a deficit to be financed with internal and external borrowings of N56.8 billion, leaving a closing balance of N4.449 billion.

Given the sectorial allocation of the capital expenditure, Manu said the economic sector has the highest allocation of N57.196 billion or 68.6 per cent, followed by the social sector with N19.3 billion representing 23.1 per cent, while administrative, law and justice sectors have N4.4 billion or 5.2 per cent.

After considering the bill, the House approved the size and the sectorial allocations of the 2022 Budget and the virements in the 2021 Budget as recommended by the committee.

Speaker of the House, Abubakar Mohammed Luggerewo, commended the committee for what he described as an ‘articulate report that guided the House in taking an informed decision within a short time.”

He commended Yahaya for the impressive performance in the implementation of the 2021 Budget and for proposing a people-oriented 2022 Budget with capital to recurrent expenditure ratio of 53.9 to 44.1 per cent, taking cognisance of macroeconomic indices.

The Speaker urged the executive arm of government to ensure effective implementation of the budget and enjoined the standing committees of the House to be diligent in their oversight functions of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) under their purview to achieve better performance in the implementation of the 2022 Budget.

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04 May

Gombe Govt Uncovers Over 500 Suspected Ghost Workers, Saves Over 34 Million Naira

The Gombe State Committee on the Verification of Civil Servants has uncovered 431 suspected ghost workers on the state payroll who did not show up for the recently concluded state biometric verification exercise, leading to savings of more than 31 million, 179 thousand 446 Naira 84 Kobo for the state.
This was disclosed by the State’s Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development Malam Gambo Magaji on Friday, during a press briefing at the State Treasury Office, Gombe.
Gombe state ministry of financeThe commissioner said the data of all the state’s civil servants that of Gombe and Akko local governments areas were digitally captured and documented.
He said in Akko Local Government alone, another 134 ghost workers were detected after the exercise, a development he said saved more than 3 million, 940 thousand, 238 Naira 88 Kobo for the local government.
Muhammad Magaji Gambo added that the affected staff were suspended from the state’s payroll, and will be totally dismissed after three months.
The commissioner said the biometric verification exercise for the remaining nine local government areas will soon commence, as the biometric attendance machines will be shortly deployed in all the state’s ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) for effective service delivery to people of the state. He called on all staff and officials in the MDAs to take good care of the machines for proper management and maintenance.
On his part the State Head of Service Bappayo Yahaya, called on civil servants in the state to be punctual in their respective places of assignment, stressing that disciplinary measures are put in place to deal with any erring staff.

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Governor Inuwa Yahaya
03 Apr

Governor Inuwa Yahaya Restates Commitment to Transparency, Accountability in Governance

As Gombe State Participates in National Virtual Launch of USAID Nigeria State2state Project, the State Governor, Malam Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has expressed optimism that the State2State project of the United States Agency for International Development, USAID through the Development Alternative Initiative ( DAI) will support the reforms being carried out by his administration to ensure that citizens of the State benefit from the lofty ideals of the partnership.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya stated this at the national virtual launch of USAID Nigeria, State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness (State2State) activity in Gombe, Bauchi, Sokoto, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi and Adamawa States.
He said since coming into office in 2019, his administration has embarked on significant governance reforms having realized that there will be no meaningful development without such reforms. This, the Governor said, is in line with the promise he made to the people to deliver on good governance which guarantees democratic dividends to the citizens of the State.
“I am delighted that the State2State project has started in Gombe since October 2020 and is a testimony to the commitment made by USAID when the Country Director visited us in December 2019”.
Governor Yahaya said since the commencement of USAID activities in the state, he had hosted the Chief of Party of the project, Mr. Tressan Sullivan and his team in his office late last year where insightful discussions were held on the new project and the vision of his administration for the state.
” I am pleased to note the aim of State2State project; which is strengthening governance systems with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation related to the delivery of services in key sectors such as basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene [WASH]) as well as increasing government responsiveness to citizen needs, priorities and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict”. Which he emphasized sits firmly with this administration’s focus on human capital development as the pathway to sustainable prosperity for the people.
“Some of the Governance reforms that we embarked upon since coming into office include; establishment of the Budget planning and Development partner’s coordination office, headed by a development practitioner. This office coordinates all donor-related activities in the state”.
The Governor added that his administration has equally established the Bureau for Public Service Reforms,
trimmed down the number of Ministries from 29 to 21, the re-examination of the fiscal laws in the state that were passed into law some years ago but were not fully implemented.
Other reforms, Governor Inuwa Yahaya explained, include the re-organization of the State Internal Revenue Generation outfit which is already yielding positive results, noting that brought about the highest IGR collected in 2020 ever since the state was created in 1996.
“We introduced the Treasury Single Account in order to block leakages. We have embarked on biometric data capture of Civil Servants. We developed a Ten- year development plan tagged Development Agenda for Gombe State DEVAGOM 2021 – 2030, Established the Hospitals Management Board as well as the Health Insurance Scheme (GoHealth) to ensure efficient delivery of health care to our people across the state”.
While acknowledging the efforts of other USAID funded projects in Gombe state such as USAID Strengthening Education in the North East, SENSE, Mercy Corps and a host of others, the Governor expressed the hope that the State2State project will support the reform efforts being carried out in Gombe State to ensure that our citizens benefit from the lofty ideals of the partnership, expressing the hope that the State2State project will look at the road map in DEVAGOM, hoping that the project will provide support where necessary.
In their separate remarks, the Governors of the benefitting states of Sokoto, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Bauchi and Adamawa States agreed with their Gombe State counterpart on their readiness to support the successful implementation of the project in their respective states.
In a goodwill message, the chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi called on the benefiting states to take advantage of the USAID’s State2State project to improve their capacity on accountability and transparency in public service.
Earlier speaking, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard said USAID will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria to strengthen accountability, transparency and effectiveness in public service.
The five-year, $72 million State2State Activity will help improve how the participating states plan and budget, raise revenues, increase civil society participation, and oversee service delivery in the health; education; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sectors.”
Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya
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12 Dec

Gombe State Presents 2021 Budget of 119bn

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has said that the time has come for the state to look inward on ways to finance the 2020 budget as over-reliance on the federation account for the State allocation is no longer tenable.

The Governor made the declaration while declaring a public engagement on the 2020 budget open which has now become an annual ritual in the present administration, saying that citizens will continue to remain the centre piece of his administration.

He also said that his administration will continue to find innovative ways to manage finances in view of the paucity of funds the State grapples with and the depletion of national revenue generated from oil.

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