At the creation of Jigawa State in 1991, there was a Department of Budget and Economic Planning under the State Ministry of Finance, Industry and Cooperatives headed by a Director. This Department was subsequently upgraded to the status of a Directorate under the Governor’s Office headed by a Director General and later by a Permanent Secretary due to civil service reforms when the DG status was reverted to that of a Permanent Secretary. This was the case for the period from 1994 to 2002. Late 2002 the Directorate was further upgraded to Ministerial Status and formally named the Ministry of State Joint Planning, Budget and Expenditure Control after bringing the Project Implementation and Monitoring Unit (PIMU) under the purview of the Ministry. PIMU used to be a Unit under the Governor’s Office headed by a Director General operating more as a “Due Process Office” that ensured compliance to due process in public procurement. The ‘Expenditure Control” function of the Ministry was principally being performed by the PIMU where a ‘secretary’ was appointed serving more like a Departmental Director who assisted the Commissioner in running the Unit. Following the restructuring exercise carried out in 2007, the Ministry was reverted back to its Directorate status under the supervision of Ministry for Finance and Economic Planning which remains till date.

The Directorate currently has five functional Departments made up of four operational departments and one service department each headed by a Director. The operational departments are so called because they are performing functions that are derived directly from the core statutory mandate of the Directorate. These are the Budget Department, Planning Department, SDGs Coordination & Monitoring Department and Statistics Department. The Administration & Finance Department performs the general administrative functions of the Directorate.

  • While there is no law establishing the Directorate of Budget and Economic Planning Directorate, yet its core mandates are directly derived from the Constitution and other Government Statues. Section 120 (1 – 3) is about Powers and Control over Public Funds, While Sections 121 and 122 are about the preparation of annual appropriations, supplementary appropriations and other related matters. The Public Finances (Control and Management Act)talked about the “development of Economic Policies”; , Establishment of the Consolidated Revenue Fund” and issues of monies therefrom; estimates of Revenue and Expenditure; Supplementary Appropriations; and a host of other provisions that directly centers on the roles and mandates of Budget and Economic Planning Agencies. The Economic Planning and Fiscal Responsibility Law also has whole Sections dealing with “Medium Term Expenditure Plans”; “The Annual Budget Process”; “Budgetary Planning of State Government Owned Companies and Public Enterprises” and “Budgetary Execution and Attainment of Targets”.