Alhaji Sule Lamido
Jigawa State House of Assembly has thrown its weight behind calls that the state Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, should contest for the Presidency in 2015.
Speaker of the Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Ahmad Sarawa, said: “We heard the comments of former and present political leaders and traditional rulers praying for Allah to make him the next President come 2015.”
He said: “May Allah accept their prayers and we in the Jigawa State House of Assembly are 100 per cent in support of this call by prominent Nigerians.”
The Speaker, who earlier stated that members of the Assembly would not falter in their duties even as they were being called names such as rubber stamp for the governor .
“At this point, I want to make it clear that, whether such people like it or not, honour must be given to whom it deserved and Lamido is not only a talk of the state but the nation and world over,” he said.
The Speaker also restated their commitment to ensure the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
Meanwhile, Lamido has presented to the Assembly the proposed budget of N115.1 billion for this year.
Presenting the budget, the governor explained that the budget would anchored on five key components of human development targeted at meeting the Millennium Developlment Goals (MDGs).
According to him, the envisaged revenues that would finance the proposed expenditure include internal revenue N7,507,000,000, statutory Allocation N44,100,000,000, Value added Tax N9,600,000,000 and Opening Balance N11,000,000,000.
Also, local government area contribution for primary education and health care personnel N15,065,000,000, transfer from federal stabilisation and other accounts N17,070,000,000; Internal and External loans N1,562,250,000 and other miscellaneous Capital receipts N9,495,750,000 respectively.
Lamido stressed that efforts would be ensured that internal revenue would be pursued with renewed vigour in order for it to contribute a higher proportion of the total income.
He said: “I personally believe that Jigawa State has the potentials of internally generating over one billion naira monthly which is enough to meet the personnel cost of core MDGs in the state Service.”
He said huge investment had been made in the state major markets where weekly turnover is in hundreds of thousands.
Adding that government would consult with relevant stakeholders and come up with feasible plans to ensure that these revenue potentials of government are appropriately tapped.