It was on last Month, 22nd of March, 2016, that the Appropriation Committee of the Katsina State House of Assembly under the Chairmanship of Hon Faruk Hambali, Member Representing Katsina Local Government, led by the Hon Speaker, Katsina State House Assembly, Rt Hon Aliyu Sabi’u Muduru, who passed the Appropriation Bill to the Governor of Katsina State, Rt Hon Aminu Masari for signing it into law, it was finally signed into law.
Katsina State 2016 was indeed designed in a way that touched human life aspect relevant to the needs of the people of Katsina State, right from the Social Services to Infrastructure development, what a welcome development!
If we could recalled, Katsina State Government have prioritize about five sectors in the 2016 Budget with the highest shares; Education, Health, Agriculture, Water Supply and Roads Construction which carries about 25% of the total amount budgeted.
These areas that were prioritized by His Excellency, Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari, considered their tremendous important benefits to the lives of people of Katsina State especially in creating jobs opportunities to the unemploy youth and improving the fare of the common man across the state.
The 2016 Budget was designed with some Special Projects in the above mentioned Priority Areas.
In considering the positive impact of education to the societies, as a grass root of every economic development of a nation, Education Sector has carries the highest share of the 2016 Budget that inorder to enhance learning and teaching processes, this share are to be utilize for rehabilitation of both Secondary and Primary Schools infrastructures and provision of furnitures for both teachers and students for conducive learning environment and good atmosphere of learning and teaching process, and it will give every child acess to an education.
In the Health Sector, there were plans of drugs supply and distribution as free for maternal and children, accident victims and patients with special health problems, while in the infrastructures development of the Health Sector, there was also remodeling and rehabilitation of the three General Hospital from the three geographical zone of the state which is now in progress. Therefore, there also a plan of equipping and rehabilitation of other General Hospitals across the state.
As the Katsina State was known with the vast land of farming, the 2016 Budget was also indicated a plan of this administration of 2016 Wet Season Fertilizer procurement for improving the local farming and ease the common challenges that our farmers are facing in the inadequacy of fertilizer, this would enormously assist our farmers to improve their production, irrigation and livestock farmers were also not exception in the 2016 Budget.
It is one of the mission of this government to revitalize the Water Supply, for ensuring enough pipe board water supply, safe and portable in the Rural Areas and Urban Areas across the state for both human and animal consumption, it enclosed the works of Ajiwa Dam Water Supply, Kankara and Malumfashi Dam into the 2016 Budget, this would insha Allah solve the problem of inadequacy of the portable drinking water across the state, the works of these Dams are still ongoing.
Many promises were made during the APC Campaign Tour, one of these promises is Roads Construction, which was also enclosed in the 2016 Budget for fulfillment. This administration has inherited some number of Road Projects which are yet to be completed, and promised for their completion was undertook and construction of new ones in the 2016 Budget was also put in place.
In the hands of His Excellency, Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari Katsina State is progressing, one day Katsina State would be counted among the most developing state in this country.
Hassan Usman Datti is a Media Assistant to the governor Masari