The Kaduna State Government has presented the State House of Assembly with a budget of N257.9 billion for the 2020 fiscal year.

The figure shows an increase over the weekend N245.4 given at a city hall to the people.

Presenting the budget, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, declared that the government is planning various fiscal steps.

She said most of the policies that would be implemented in the year will require a fresh legislative action and that the government has put forward a proposal of about ten bills that are expected to help the state’s ongoing reforms.

She said the number of executive bills passed by the State Assembly was one of the most notable achievements of the current administration during its first term.

The Deputy Governor said that a draft financial bill would include tax code changes, the implementation of revived construction and land use fees for all property in urban areas to represent and update fees for the registration of private educational and health facilities across the country.

She explained, “We are also proposing an educational bill to provide free and compulsory education for all students in the state up to senior secondary level. Free education up to the high school level is only enjoyed by female students while the boys are at the junior level. “She assured that the bill, from 2020, would involve the Marshal KASTLEA and Kaduna State Vigilante Services to jointly ensure that no child roams the streets during school hours without a solid reason or his parent or guidance faces legal consequences.

“The educational related bill shows our commitment to the enhancement of the UBE act, child Welfare prohibition law and street hawking prohibition law,” she said.

The deputy governor said the technical and vocational education bill which would enable the conversion of business apprenticeship centers into technical vocational education and training colleges with boarding facilities and community base governance frame work.

“The public service bill is proposed to entrench our reforms revitalization efforts and ensure uniformity and clarity in the administration of the State public service,” she added.

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