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Rivers State 2017 Budget: A Summary

The budget was approved by the House of Assembly on 30 December 2016 and signed into law by the governor on 13 January 2017. During the signing ceremony, Governor Wike expressed his gratitude for its quick passage, and thanked the legislators for supporting the Executive to provide basic infrastructure to Riverians. [2] Funding sources
Internally Generated Revenue (IGR): ₦169 billion (est.)
Statutory Allocation: ₦23 billion
13% Derivation proceeds: ₦102 billion
Value Added Tax (VAT) and exchange gains: ₦24.6 billion
Paris Club and other reimbursements: ₦70 billion
Capital receipts: ₦400 million
Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC): ₦220 billion
Expenses
The budget estimate proposed was ₦470 billion while ₦141 billion was proposed for recurrent expenditure. Out of this, ₦62 billion was allocated to personnel emolument, ₦3 billion to service FGN bonds, ₦20 billion for payment of pensions and gratuities with
overhead costs at ₦17 billion.
Furthermore, projected capital expenditure was ₦329 billion, which gave a capital to recurrent expenditure ratio of 70:30. In terms of allocation, the figure showed that ₦14.160 billion was allocated to administration, ₦115.245 billion to the economy, ₦3.050 billion to law and justice, ₦125.630 to the social sector and ₦70.915 billion to special heads.
Governor’s main priorities
In his budget message to the legislature, Governor Wike identified the following issues are main priorities for his executive budget.
Infrastructure development
₦77,409,275,000 – accelerate the development and expansion of infrastructure
Education
₦30 billion – invest in providing educational infrastructure and improving the quality of education
Health
₦27 billion – efficient and affordable healthcare delivery
Youth and women empowerment
₦1 billion – Youth and Women Enterprise Development and Empowerment Fund
₦13 billion – implement various youth and women development and empowerment programmes, including building of women development center and soccer academy
Security
₦15 billion – improve the existing security architecture, including the provision of logistics to enhance the capacity of the security agencies to investigate, monitor, identify and track down criminals and secure the state.

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