2020 Budget: El-Rufai to extend free, compulsory education to secondary schools.

Kaduna Governor Nasir el-Rufai.

The Kaduna State Government on Tuesday disclosed that the government would include an Education Bill to extend free and compulsory education to the Senior Secondary level for all students.

The acting governor of the state, Hadiza Balarabe, made the disclosure while presenting a budget proposal of N257.9 billion for the 2020 fiscal year before the state House of Assembly.

“From 2020, every child in Kaduna State is required to have 12 years of free, compulsory primary and secondary education,” she said.

According to her, the budget, which is made up of N190.03 billion capital expenditure and N67.87 billion recurrent expenditure, advances the ‘Putting People First Agenda’ of the state government.

She said most of the capital spending would be in the economic and social sectors, in keeping faith with the administration’s governance agenda.

Education, health, and infrastructure have capital allocations amounting to about N140 billion more than 73 percent of the proposed capital budget.

Capital spending on education will gulp N44.9 billion; health N30.29 billion, while N64.9 billion will be spent on works and public infrastructure.

“We intend to approach the state Assembly with the panoply of bills to improve the governance of the state,” she said.

According to her, the proposed bills will include the Finance Bill, which will specify amendments to the Tax Code, including the introduction of revised development levy and land use charges for all property in urban areas of the state.

“As we strengthen governance in the second term, we will vigorously implement the ‘Putting People First’ agenda.

“We will continue to privilege the interest of ordinary people, promote equal opportunity and attract investments to our state. The time is short, so we cannot allow any distractions.

“We shall not waver in making life better for the people of Kaduna State,” the acting governor said.

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