Al-Makura signs N79.3bn Appropriation Bill, cuts salary by 50%

Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura on Thurs­day signed N79.3 bil­lion Appropriation Bill into law. It was tagged: Budget of Pragmatism. The governor also cut down 50% of his monthly salary includ­ing that of the deputy to 30%. He urged all political appointees in the state to conform with the present eco­nomic realities with the dwindling price of oil in the global market.
The governor, how­ever, gave an option to pensioners who are currently appointed into his government to either forfeit their pen­sion benefits or their salaries as part of their sacrifice towards the development of the state. He said the budget is tagged budget of pragmatism because government wants the state to cut its coat ac­cording to its cloth.
It would be recalled that the state assem­bly members, after the presentation of the ap­propriation by the gov­ernor in March, made an upward review after considering the level of work to be executed by the various minis­tries. This necessitated the additional figure to 79.3 billion which the governor assented to. Al-Makura said the budget would fo­cus primarily on the necessities that would add value to the lives of the citizenry, saying the budget is not for elites but strictly for the common man. He, therefore, stated that the implemen­tation would focus strictly on education, health, agriculture and solid minerals devel­opment.