The Governor of Katsina State, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, has said his administration has successfully reduced government expenditure by as high as about 40 per cent in the past two years.
He also said the state was able to recover lost grounds in several critical sectors including education and agriculture through careful implementation of highly rewarding initiatives.
Governor Masari spoke at a town-hall meeting for Katsina indigenes living in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja sometimes in the beginning of this month, during which he also gave account of the state’s utilisation several intervention funds meant to help assist the government in meeting its obligations to the people.
Speaking on the efforts being made by his administration to save costs, Masari said his administration has literally banned foreign travels except for few occasions where its officials were sponsored by external bodies”
“We have made a lot of savings. We hardly go out of Nigeria officially except on sponsorship. None of us at leadership level has so far done that except where interested parties sponsored government officials.
“We also cut cost of going abroad for medical treatment for all of us. And we also cut cost of how much we take from treasury for travelling, even internally. We cut more than 40 per cent. There are so many areas in which we make some savings that made it possible for us to reach where we have reached.
“We haven’t reached where we plan to reach. Because of the constraints of resources, we are highly limited in our efforts to look for other sources of revenue,” he said.
On the state government’s effort to revamp the education and agricultural sectors, Masari said progress has been made in trying to restore the state to its past glory.
“In our restoration programme, we have been to restore confidence in our education sector, because we believe that no society can develop beyond its education capability. Katsina State was noted for its educational capacity in the whole of then northern Nigerian and the state had a lot of indigenes with competences in various areas of endeavour.