Niger: Urban renewal, infrastructure top as Bago unveils N613.2bn 2024 budget

 

Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago of Niger state Tuesday presented N613, 274,081,698.17 2024 budget estimates to the state House of Assembly.

Urban renewal, infrastructure and land development took the lion share allocation of the fiscal estimates with N220, 649,503,477.11

Presenting the budget, Bago said it is made up of N149,217,969,152.00, representing 24.33% as recurrent expenditure and N464,056,832,546.60 representing 75.67% of the total budget size as capital estimate.

He said, “infrastructure, lands, and urban renewal have a total proposed capital allocation of N220, 649,503,477.11 which represents 42% of the entire budget for 2024.”

He added that in pursuit of transformation into building a New and sustainable Niger, the 2024 Budget is focused on the

Urban Renewal and Rural Transformation, security of lives and property, infrastructural development, agriculture and food security, education, health; water and sanitation, women and children, environmental sustainability and people with special needs and elderly care.

A breakdown of the state 2024 budget also shows that education sector got priority allocation of N76, 276,508,605.59, representing 14.55% of the total budget. 

The governor said the state would build 95 schools, including 6 Mega Model Schools in Minna, Bida, Suleja, Bosso and Kontagora to increase access to quality education. 

He said 325 schools would be renovated, including whole school development projects, adding that given the importance of technical and vocational education, the sum of N1.512 billion was earmarked for the complete renovation and equipping of technical schools in Suleja, Kontagora and Jebba.