Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday held a Town Hall meeting with stakeholders to deliberate on the proposed 2016 budget and announced that political appointees in his administration would take a pay cut for change.
The proposed budget is about N166bn, comprising N104bn capital and N62bn recurrent expenditure.
Addressing stakeholders at General Hassan Katsina House, El-Rufai said previous administrations in the state had reduced budgeting to what he called fictographic art, with scarcely any relationship to reality.
He said political appointees would take pay cuts as sacrifice for change while there would be no automatic annual salary increments in 2016 and duty tour allowances and estacode rates would be reduced.
“We have called this meeting today to present to you the broad principles informing the policy choices that are reflected in the draft 2016 budget. The budget is anchored on the commitments outlined in the Restoration Programme, the manifesto platform on which the Kaduna State APC campaigned,” he said.
“When we formally launched our election campaign, we made it clear that the APC believes in the capacity of our people to make the best choices for themselves if they are properly educated, given decent healthcare and jobs in a secure environment,” he added.
The governor said annual budgets were approved in the past without being implemented, leaving a legacy of abandoned projects in the state, and assured that he would always put the people first in all his actions.
He said in the proposed 2016 budget, one of the pro-poor programmes included interventions in school feeding, planting of economic trees and waste collection which are expected to create 200,000 jobs.