Governor Inuwa Yahaya signed Gombe State’s N208.064 billion 2024 budget on Friday, 10 days after it was passed by the state House of Assembly.
Yahaya assented to the 2024 Appropriation Bill in Gombe in a ceremony witnessed by the Speaker of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Abubakar Luggerewo, and other top government functionaries.
Speaking during the event, Yahaya lauded the synergy between the executive and legislative arms of the government that had resulted in smooth budget processes in the state.
He stated that the state’s budget was prepared in the interest of the people, and that explained why capital expenditure was allocated 58 per cent of the total budget as opposed to 42 per cent allocated to recurrent expenditure.
“I am happy to say that over the years, the house has been cooperative. Since 2020 till date, we thank God Almighty that the House has never failed us in passing the budget four times: 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and this is 2024. We remain ever grateful for the support.
“This is the idea behind the synergy between the executive, the legislature, and even the judiciary. We shall continue to maintain it to achieve the aims and objectives that our forefathers fought for.
“The ratio of capital to recurrent is always bigger, with 2024 getting 58 per cent and it’s in the interest of the people for us to continue to work together; we shall remain steadfast,” the governor said.
Speaking earlier, Luggerewo, while describing the budget as “very good,” commended Gov Yahaya for prioritising capital expenditure over recurrent, which he said had become the norm under his administration.
Explaining the reason legislators increased the budget by N300 million, the speaker said it was done in the interest of the people.