The Kano State Bureau of Statistics has released the 2015 Kano State Digest of Public Finance Statistics. The state’s Statistician General, Baballe Ammani, made the announcement in Kano.
According to Ammani, “The document is a regular annual production of the state Bureau of Statistics and it is aimed at providing value added data on the various types and forms of revenue and expenditure of government which are useful for strategic planning and policy formulation as well as impetus into the KPIs to monitor sector plans and the state Development Plan (KSDP).
The state is regarded as Northern Nigeria’s commercial centre. Created in May 27, 1967, the state consists of 44 local government areas with a population estimated by the 2006 National Census figures to be about 9,383,682.
The state is known for its solid mineral deposits and an agricultural sector that boasts of the country’s highest groundnut production and most extensively irrigated farmlands.
The 2015 Kano State Digest of Public Finance Statistics is a comprehensive account of the Kano State financial transactions from 2010 to 2014.
It details the various types and forms of revenue and expenditure of the Kano State government.
According to the Statistician General, the data for the digest was sourced from the state Office of the Accountant-General, Ministry of Finance, Kano, Ministry of Planning and Budget and Kano State Bureau of Statistics (Kanbus).
The document shows revenue of the state is broadly classified into recurrent and capital. Recurrent revenue includes taxes, fines and fees, licences, earnings and sales, rent on government properties, interests and dividends on government investments, reimbursement and statutory allocation, while capital revenue consists majorly of mineral derivation fund and other revenue like excess crude.
The document also classified the state’s public expenditure into two broad groups of recurrent and capital expenditure. Recurrent expenditure include personnel cost, consolidated revenue fund charges, other charges, grants and loans, while capital expenditure goes to social services, economic sector, environment and regional development and general administration.
“The Kano State Bureau of Statistic developed this publication to enable government formulate and implement policies and also to provide a comprehensive account of expenditures from January – December yearly while Budget accounts for January-September annually and projects fourth quarter due to time- constraint. This publication will be relevant to policy makers responsible for finance, economic development and planning at all tiers of government, the state government, financial institutions, research institutes, individual researchers and international aid agencies.”
The released digest is also in line with the state government’s resolve to conduct its affairs with accountability and transparency. The document is open to public view and assessment.
Ammani acknowledged the input of “the many individuals who contributed to making the publication a success as well as in helping to produce this report.”
He also acknowledged that the publication “would not have been possible without the commitment and enthusiasm from the state government, the state Ministry of Planning and Budget, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General’s Office, Board of Internal Revenue and other government agencies/departments who provided the data used in this publication.”