Kaduna State Gover-nor Nasir el-Rufai yesterday signed N171.7bn 2016 Appropria-tion Bill for the state into law.

The 2016 revenue and expenditure estimates add up to N171.7 billion, comprising N109.3billion (64%) as capital and N62.4 billion (36%) as recurrent.

Signing the budget passed by the House of Assembly on Tuesday evening at Government House, Kaduna, El-Rufai commended the House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the document, saying the state’s legisla-ture has shown it has the interest of the people at heart.

He said Kaduna State has made history by being the first to pass the budget for next year, adding that it was an unequal achieve-ment that should be com-mended by all.

His words: “We have made double history as the first House of Assem-bly and the first APC state to pass the budget. I have reported it to the Presi-dent and he has asked me to commend members of the house,” he said.

The governor, who re-called that he submitted the draft budget to the assembly exactly three weeks yesterday, empha-sized that the assembly has done a thorough work while ensuring a speedy passage of the bill.

“They have worked round the clock correct-ing errors and passing it today. They have done a speedy, but thorough work,” the governor stat-ed and promised to work hard to implement the budget, saying the coop-eration he received from the legislature has given him confidence that he will succeed.

The governor also signed three other bills into law, they are Facility Management Bill, the Ka-duna Geographic Infor-mation System Bill and the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency Bill.

Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alhaji Aminu Shagali, earlier said he was at Government House to submit the 2016 Appro-priation Bill to the gover-nor, having been passed by the Assembly earlier.

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