By Ezra Musa
The Kaduna State government spent N8.4 billion on sweets, Juice and other food items between 2011 and 2015 under the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Alhaji Mohammad Abdulahi.
Abdullahi at a round table on the Kaduna State 2017 budget proposal organised by the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), said that the administration spent N2.1 billion annually on the items.
The commissioner also revealed that 500 million naira was also spent, annually, on purchase of newspapers by the PDP administration.
He, however, stated that the All Progressives Congress-led administration had since decided to cut down on such expenses by channeling the funds to infrastructural development.
He noted that the adoption of the treasury single account and the zero base budget had assisted the state government in generating N38 billion to an open balance of 2016 budget.
“We are borrowing the larger percentage to fund the 2017 budget but it is to be channeled to infrastructural development.“
Abdulahi called on the media to help in educating the members of public on the break down of the 2017 budget so as to ensure its successful implementation.
Earlier, Zhiroh Jatau, Acting chairman of the NUJ in the state, said the discussion had provided an opportunity for members of the press and public to be better informed on what the administration was providing for the overall development of the state.
Recall that Gov Nasir El-Rufai had on Oct. 12 sent a budget proposal of N215.9 billion for the 2017 financial year