By Gbenga Gbelee
Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on Monday took the challenge posed by the
speaker of the green chamber of the National Assembly, Hon Yakubu Dogara by making
public the expenditure of Kaduna state including security votes and is salary slip for the
month of February 2017.
The governor and the House of Representative Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara, had challenged
each other to make public what the lawmakers earn and the amount governors receive as
security vote respectively last Friday while speaking at the closing ceremony of the National
Assembly Management Retreat in Kaduna,
Following the challenge, Governor El-Rufai, through his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, made
public the expenses as well as what accrues to Kaduna State as security vote insisting that the
governor has nothing to hide about it.
Gov El-Rufai affirmed his administration’s resolute commitment to transparency and
openness in its finances noting that it is in line with the pact which the All Progressives
Congress APC had with the Nigerian populace and which President Muhammadu Buhari
The governor therefore made made public a soft copy of his pay-slip as Governor of Kaduna
state which indicates that he got a net salary of #470,521,74.
Part of the statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to a challenge by Hon. Yakubu
Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, calling on Kaduna State to make public its
security votes and local government expenditure.
“This challenge was thrown as a response to Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s request to the
National Assembly (NASS) to provide further details on the opaque N115billion 2016 NASS
budget. Malam Nasir El-Rufai welcomes this challenge as a necessary step to improve and
strengthen our democracy and would like to respond as follows:
“The budgets of all state governments in Nigeria are detailed out and presented at least
under the headings of:
a. personnel cost,
b. overhead and
c. capital expenditure.
“This is unlike the budget of the NASS which is a single line item of over N100billion that
divulges zero information or details. NASS can at least break down its own single line budget
into the hundreds of line items that are detailed in every state government budget in Nigeria.
It is disingenuous to respond to every request for transparency by casting aspersions.”
The governor said Honourable Dogara challenged him because he failed to do a proper search
adding that his government did not only publish its own budget alone but those of all the 23
local governments in the state.
He said, “As regards Kaduna state security votes, once again, if the honourable speaker had
run an online search, he would have discovered the details of our spending priorities on
security as a state government. As our Kaduna Comprehensive Security Architecture
(KADCoSA) outlines, the state is directing security spending on four pillars; Justice,
Technology, Community Engagement and Support to Security Agencies.”
He then gave a breakdown of the money allocated for security as stated specifically in the
2017 budget to include.
“a. N1.5billion for the procurement & installation of CCTV cameras for monitoring and
surveillance towards Reducing Criminal Activities within the Metropolis.
“b. N193million for Procurement of Geo-position Interceptor and location of GSM UMTS
System to Check the Trends and Intercept/locate kidnappers’ GSM calls.
“c. N265million for the Procurement of Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to identify
locations of armed bandits in our Forest Reserves across the state and the Establishment of a
Forensic Laboratory to assist in determining substantial evidence in cases that otherwise
proved difficult in the past.
“d. In addition, N2.6billion is allocated in 2017 to support the network of federal Security
Agencies in Kaduna with communications, logistics and materiel.”
He added, “Details of actual spending in 2015 for security and indeed every line item in the
state budgets are also publicly available via the annual report of the accountant-general
accessible on www.kdsg.gov.ng.”