(Last Updated On: April 11, 2017)


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

stands for.

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.”