The Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello, has assented to the N116 billion 2017 appropriation bill on Wednessday.
The figure showed an increment of N8 billion from the N108 billion presented by the governor in Dec. 16, 2016.
The governor, commended members of the legislature for their hard work in ensuring the passage of the budget, noted that it would impact positively on the lives of the people. According to him, the budget will provide for the people what they need and want and not what government thinks they need and want.
He also called for continuous support of members of the state House of Assembly, pledging to work with the lawmakers to ensure quick passage of the 2018 budget.
Earlier, the Speaker of the House, Alhaji Ahmed Marafa, said that adjustments were made in areas critical to the policy direction of the present administration.
He commended the state government for operating an open door policy and allowing the legislature to perform its functions in the state.
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