As the Kano State government cut its budget for this year by about 70 billion naira due to the devastating effects of the coronavirus on the state’s economy, the state House of Assembly has passed a new law to regulate the state government’s finances.
Civil Society groups say the rule of the new law on paper looks good, but enforcing it is a challenge.
Creating a new democratic direction in government is one of the goals of the new law in Kano State which has been enacted in recent years at the federal and other states of Nigeria.
The Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Hon. Kabiru Hassan Dashi, said that the law would give ministries and the state government a set of rules on how to spend their money, as well as how the state should budget.
Also, Comrade Abdulrazak Alkali, Director of the Organization for Community Civic Engagement based in Kano State, said they hoped government officials and the state government would implement the law effectively.
But the Kano State Commissioner for Finance and Economy, Alhaji Shehu Na’Allah, said they were well prepared to enforce the law.
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje signed the new law last weekend and it is expected to take effect immediately.