Niger’s Governor Abubakar Bello has enacted the $ 153.4 billion state budget law for 2021.
The State House of Assembly approved the budget on Thursday with an increase of N2.21 billion compared to the N151.2 billion presented by the governor.
Speaking at Saturday’s ceremony in Minna, Bello said the budget was moderate.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic had had a negative impact on the economy, forcing the government to cut its spending.
He assured that the government will use available legal means to increase internally generated income (IGR) to reinforce its income.
The governor urged the people to be patient and support the government since the taxes and levies imposed on them were for their collective good.
He noted that the budget was large and intended to complete ongoing projects and asked for people’s understanding.
He congratulated the State Legislative Assembly for the quick approval of the budget and assured that it will be executed as approved.
Also speaking, Abdullahi Wuse, the Speaker of the House, promised that lawmakers will strengthen their oversight role and ensure that the budget is strictly adhered to.