Niger State 2017 Budget: Coalition Expresses Concern Over Delay
Coalition of Maternal and Newborn Child in Niger State (CoMiN) has expressed concern over the state government’s slow pace in signing the 2017 budget into law.
This comes as four state governors already signed the 2017 budget into law,they include Lagos,Kastina,Kaduna and Edo states.
This was the position of the coalition after its monthly meeting held at Abdulsalami youth center in Minna, the state capital.
According to CoMiN in April this year the Niger state House of Assembly adopted the 2017 appropriation bill of N116.1 billion, representing an increase of N8 billion over the N108 billion earlier submitted by the governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
Although, it commended the state government for allocating 12% of the total budget to health sector it however called for more to meet Abuja declaration of 15% to health sector.
According to a statement Signed the Chairperson,CoMiN, Niger state, Mary Jalingo the delay in accenting 2017 budget would drastically affect residents especially in accessing healthcare services, which it described as dangerous in bringing good, effective and affordable healthcare to the people.
The statement however enjoined government personnel to operate an open door policy, adopt transparency and accountability in the discharge of their responsibilities to allow them have information on budget expenses.
The group urged relevant organizations to work together in supporting health care system in the state.
CoMiN said it’s commitment to support all health related issues especially Maternal and Newborn Child cases, and will continue to partner the state .
The chairperson charged both the legislature and the Executive arm of government to work together to make health accessible and affordable to the people.