The Kaduna State’s 2017 Appropriation Bill of N214bn was on Thursday passed into law by the state House of Assembly three weeks earlier than it did last year.

The lawmakers approved N214.921bn as 2017 budget for the state as against N172bn it approved for 2016.

The state Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, presented the draft appropriation bill, which he  christened,  “Budget of jobs, social justice and equity” to the lawmakers on October 12, 2016 for approval.

The approved budget was, however, N1bn less than the budget proposal the governor had forwarded to the Assembly.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Alhaji Aminu Shagali, who read the content of the budget clause by clause, said N83.46bn was approved for recurrent and N131.45bn for capital expenditure.