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Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said his administration has earmarked N3.5billion for the payment of outstanding gratuities to retired civil servants in the state.

Bagudu disclosed this on Wednesday at a Town Hall meeting on the 2023 budget of the state held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential lodge, Birnin Kebbi.

Governor Bagudu disclosed further that the state government will pay the outstanding gratuities owed retirees from Dec. 2021 to Sept. 2022, adding that state government has made adequate arrangements to ensure that the payments were made on before the end of this year.

Pointing out that his administration would not bequeath any unnecessary liabilities on the incoming government in the state, stressing that the last seven years had been horrendous for the world economy, resulting in global financial turbulence 

"I must thank the public servants and the generality of the people of the state for their uncommon show of support and cooperation, i must also thank the people of the state for making do with some of our inadequacies, every government should be judged by the challenges it faces and we are glad that we have done our best.

In his welcome address, the Secretary to the State Government, Babale Umar Yauri appreciated the presence of Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, top Government officials ,royal fathers, civil society groups and international partners at the town hall meeting.

He said the budget town hall meeting, which was the 4th in the series of town hall meetings organized by this administration, was aimed at carrying along every indigene of the State in the preparation and execution of fiscal policies aimed at promoting good governance.

The Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning, Abba Sani Kalgo had earlier given highlights of the 2023 budget tagged ' Budget of Enduring Legacies '

According to him the proposed 2023 budget was prepared in

line with the Kebbi State 2023-2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework.

He explained that the 2023 Budget is based on a benchmarked oil price of $57 per barrel, Oil production is benchmarked at 1.8 million Barrels Per day, inflation rate is estimated at 20.77% and an Exchange rate of N440 to $1.

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