By Yunusa Abdullahi
31st May, 2016.
Following the Approval of 2016 Appropriation Budget by the members of the State House of Assembly, Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla have finally assented the appropriation Bill into Law. In an historic and brief ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of the Government, Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla has commended members of the House of Assembly and the leadership of the house in particular for making a very good observation in most of the Budget being presented by the Executive. The Governor revealed that the Executive and the Legislature have created a very strong synergy between the two arms of government by bringing a Social Change into Adamawa State.
He stated that " This is the first Budget I am experiencing in my life to sign the Budget as an Executive Governor, we have been doing it from the Legislative part, but this is my first experience. I want to assure Adamawa people that we will implement this Budget religiously as long as our IGR is increasing, so I want to cease this opportunity to urge the people of Adamawa state to cooperate with the consultant on Revenue Collection for the overall development of the state."
The Governor also assured that all government spendings will be in line with due process and with budgetary provisions in the 2016 Budget, stressing that the Executive have carefully planned the Budget to ensure that all areas that might give hiccups were addressed. He however thanked the entire members of the State House of Assembly for graciously approving the 2016 Budget for the development of Adamawa state. He then called on investors to come and invest in the state. On the other hand, he called on the citizenry to be patience with the government and assured that the Local Government Salaries would be a thing of the past.
In his remarks the Deputy Speaker Honourable Sunday Peter who represented the Speaker Honourable Kabiru Mijinyawa said the 2016 Budget reflects the Change Policy of Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla's administration which the House has took time to do a thorough job in scrutinizing the Budget to make it a reality. He used the opportunity to appreciate all the Ministries, Agencies and Departments for aveiling themselves during the Budget Defense.
The Deputy speaker also called on the attention of the Executive arm to make sure that all that have been done in the Budget are being adhered to the latter. He thanked Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla for taking his time and members of his Dream Team to sign the 2016 Budget in public and solicited for the support and cooperation of the people of Adamawa state to the present administration in order to develop the state for the better.
Earlier the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Information and Strategy Comrade Ahmad Ibrahim Sajoh gave a brief highlight on the Budget and referred to it as a Budget of Social Change, Progress, Development and Consolidation. He also assured that all spendings will be in line with due process and with the budgetary provisions of 2016.
Also in his vote of thanks ,The Chief of Staff Government House Alhaji AbdurRahman Abba Jimeta thanked all those that attended the ceremony and also commended the members of the State House of Assembly for exhibiting an excellent and mutual relationship between the Executive arm and the Legislature to enable the Two arms have a very excellent conducive atmosphere for moving Adamawa state forward.
It could recalled that in December 2016 ,Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla had presented the appropriation Bill of 120,126,857,430,00k only to Assembly for consideration and approval.