The governor of Kwara State, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, yesterday gave the state house of assembly an appropriation bill of N189,436,248,054 for the year 2023. Recurrent expenses make up 49.1% of the budget for “Economic Expansion and Sustainable Development,” and capital expenses make up 50.9%.
While presenting the bill to the house, the governor stated that, “the fiscal document focuses on strengthening the current gains and is built around the Kwara State Sustainable Development Plan 2021-2030, Medium Term Sector Strategy 2021-2023 and citizens’ need Assessments.” He added that, “With the support of this House and the good people of Kwara State, our government has delivered on key campaign promises in education, healthcare delivery, provision of potable water, agriculture, poverty reduction, gender mainstreaming, youth and women empowerment, financial inclusion, workers’ welfare, infrastructure, and rural urban development.”
“I’m glad to report that our investment in the premier hospital has earned the state university an accreditation to begin Medicine and Surgery for the first time. In the outgoing fiscal year, we expanded economic opportunities for the people and executed many impactful projects and programmes across sectors, while many are near completion.” He stated.
The Speaker, Yakubu Salihu Danladi, presided over the budget presentation session, which was also attended by the Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi, the Chief Judge’s representative, Justice Olalekan Adegbite, and the Acting Grand Kadi, Justice Abdullateef Kamaldeen. The Governor was praised by the Speaker for his efforts to gradually close the state’s vast infrastructure gap as well as for his attention to the welfare of workers, the provision of necessities, and responsible use of public funds. He gave AbdulRazaq the assurance that the House was prepared to secure the budget’s prompt passage following careful inspection, as mandated by the constitution, for the benefit of the people of Kwara State.