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Niger Governor Signs 2024 Budget into Law

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Mohammed Bago

He emphasized that the budget holds significant importance and assured residents that it will be effectively implemented.

Following the signing of the Appropriation Bill, Bago commended the swift passage of the bill by the state assembly, describing it as unprecedented.

Bago also reiterated his administration’s commitment to strengthening cooperation with the legislative arm and announced plans for the timely completion of the Legislative quarters at the three Arm zone to provide suitable accommodation.

Moreover, he emphasized that the oversight function of the Legislature will be upheld, affirming that the heads of MDAs who fail to appear before the Legislature for scrutiny and status enquiry will face dismissal.

According to Bago, “Legislature and its sanctity must be protected. For the government to do well, somebody must criticise and scrutinise the activities of the government. We should leave our books open in the Spirit of accountability.”

In his remarks, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Abdulmalik Sarkin-Daji, highlighted that the budget size was increased by N720 million to address critical areas essential for the realization of the “New Niger” agenda.

He attributed the swift passage to the effective involvement of the Planning Commission with the Legislature in budgeting.

Sarkin-Daji assured unyielding support from the legislature, pledging to stop at nothing to ensure the realization of the governor’s vision.

According to PUNCH, Bago had presented the 2024 budget estimate, dubbed “Budget of the future,” to the state assembly on December 19, 2023, with a promise from the Speaker that the legislators would ensure its passage on or before December 27, 2023.

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