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El-Rufai to spend N4 billion out of N278 billion budget on poor, vulnerable people

Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s government will spend N4 billion to uplift more Kaduna people from poverty and vulnerability in 2022.

This is contained in the N278.6 billion budget signed by Mr El-Rufai on December 22.

The Ministry of Human Services and Social Development (MHSSD) got N5.4 billion for capital expenditure in the budget. The document also showed that N1 billion would be spent on children at risk programme and N2.9 million for the repatriation of foster and destitute children.

It also showed that N180.1 million was allocated for Kaduna State Women Empowerment Funds, N24 million for creative arts and culture, and N18 million for Vagina Visco Fistula Intervention.

Also, N37.2 million was earmarked for child protection services, N20.4 million for support and assistance to complete 23 community self-help projects across the state.

The Kaduna government earmarked N15.6 million for establishing the Kaduna State Youth Parliament, N20.4 million for Sexual Assault Referral Centres, and N100 million for the Disability Trust Fund.

The government further provided N27.6 million for providing adequate complementary food to children with moderate acute malnutrition to children aged six to 23 months.

In addition, N5.6 billion was allocated to the ministry, representing two per cent of the total budget size, of which N5.4 billion was for recurrent and N147.3 million for capital.

Under the recurrent expenditure, N583,000 was allocated for gender activities, N1.4 million for special day celebration, N440,000 for supervision, and N1.7 million to support National Youth Service Corps activities.

The state government also earmarked N280.2 million for the State Rehabilitation Board, of which N147 million was allocated to complete the three ultra-modern rehabilitation centres at Soba, Birnin Gwari, and Jaba local governments.

For the N133.2 million allocated for recurrent expenditure, N2.5 million was for drugs, laboratory, and medical supplies, N7.5 million for teaching aids and instructional materials, and N33 million for foodstuff and catering materials supplies.

Also, N600,000 was earmarked for special day celebrations, N5.4 million for the rehabilitation of persons with disability, and N8 million for resettlement tools.

(NAN)

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