The performance and implementation of the 2012 budget in Niger State has been rated 46 per cent by the state House of Assembly.
But the state government through its Commissioner for Planning rated its performance and implementation of the 2012 budget at 67 per cent.
Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Abudullahi Magagi, who disclosed this yesterday to journalists at a post-budget press briefing in Minna, stated that the Assembly was “fair in our judgment” after considering a lot of issues.
He said the explanation given to the legislature by the executive was that the budget was made by placing the benchmark of oil at $75 per barrel but oil was put at $72 per barrel, stating that the difference made the state government will not to be able to get their projections.
Looking at the disappointment in not able to meet the 2012 projection, Magagi said the Assembly cautioned the executive to ensure that the projections and assumptions of the 2013 budget are made reasonable and achievable.
The lawmaker further advised commissioners and heads of agencies charged with the implementation of the budget to cooperate with the Assembly to ensure better performance in the new fiscal year, while warning that a violation of the provisions of the budget would be seen as a crime punishable under the law.
He explained that the increase of the initial budget presented to the Assembly by N300 million was made with the interest of the people of the state at heart as well as to ensure that the masses were beneficiaries to some social programmes.
In another development, the Commissioner for Planning, Alhaji Idris Ndako, has rated the performance of the 2012 budget at 67 per cent.
He added that this was made after placing the resources received by the state government and what was implemented at the end of the day.
He lamented that N9 billion was projected for Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) for 2012 but as at June 2012, the state had not realised N2 billion adding that out of all the state government projections, it was only the Value Added Tax (VAT) that met with the projections of the state budget.
“The biggest challenge in the 2012 budget was that what we projected was not what we got. But looking at what we got and how we performed, I can rate our performance at 67 per cent and the budget performance is positive,” he said.