Soon, we won’t need federal allocation again: Kaduna Govt

Nasir El Rufai

The Kaduna State Government is working assiduously to stop the dependence on federal allocation in the next few years, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Muhammad Sani, has said.

“We are progressing and in the next few years, Kaduna state can provide infrastructure with its own money, so that whatever comes as federal allocation can be an addition,” Mr Sani said at the opening of a public hearing on the state’s 2022 budget on Tuesday.

The commissioner said that the state had recorded a recent boost in its tax collection to meet its target of becoming financially stable.

“In 2015 when this government came in, the highest that was recorded was N13 billion and we are very happy today that we are at N57 billion,” Mr Sani said.

The commissioner said that the state government relies only on 21 per cent of its federal allocation for its finances, while some states cannot do without 70-80 per cent of its finances.

He said that it was the resolve of the state government to be completely financially stable.

“When the government came in 2015, its resolve was that we must be able to fund our salaries from the money realised within the state.

“This means that whatever happens at the federal government level, we will be able to take care of salaries.

“There are states that are owing five to eight months salaries and we must note this and understand that we will bring more and more bills to the House of Assembly and more initiatives.

“We must understand that getting more revenue in the state is the most important thing to do.

“Kaduna State is focused on running the government and providing developmental projects entirely from tax collection,” he added.

The commissioner assured that all useful recommendations made during the public hearing on the budget would be looked into by the state government.