Darius Dickson Ishaku

Taraba State Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku on Wednesday signed the N100.8bn 2016 appropriation bill passed by the State Assembly into law.

The bill, which was N32 billion higher than the N68.8 billion initially proposed and presented to the House by the governor, was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday.

Signing the budget into law, Ishaku thanked members of the State Assembly for the quick passage of the bill just as he expressed happiness with the cooperation given him by the legislators since he came on board as governor of the state.

Assuring the people of the state that the budget would be implemented for the benefit and growth of the state, he noted that he has been working assiduously to improve the internally generated revenue of the state since he assumed office on May 29, 2015.

The governor, who equally disclosed that he has succeeded in growing the internally generated revenue of the state by over 400 percent further revealed that his administration has also succeeded in blocking leakages arising from payment of salaries including revenue sources.

Explaining the rationale behind the upward review of the budget, Speaker of the State Assembly, Hon. Mark Useni said the House arrived the over N100.8bn after considering estimated internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state and returns to the state from the federal government on roads construction.