By Kateng Daniel, Jos
The Plateau State Government has allocated nine billion, three hundred and fifty-seven million, thirty thousand naira (9,357,030,000.00) for works and transport sector, representing 26% of the capital estimate.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning Mr. Sylvester I. Wallangko disclosed this on Friday during the 2022 budget break down held in Jos.
He noted that education sub sector was allocated the sum of three billion, two hundred and seventy-three million, five hundred and sixty-four thousand, two hundred and sixty-seven naira (3,273,564,267.00) only, representing 9.10% of the capital estimate.
He emphasized that the 2022 budget tagged “budget of economic recovery and consolidation” of inclusive infrastructural growth, phase two is aimed at building on the past achievements.
“The focus of the budget is geared towards completion of on-going projects, and initiation of new ones based on available resources, the budget implementation will also be anchored on the three pillar policy trust of the rescue administration.
“The budget has an estimate of one hundred and six billion, eight hundred and seven million, two hundred and sixty-seven thousand, six hundred and fourty-two naira (106,807,267,642.00) only, comprising of N79,198,475,222.12 as current revenue while N196,807,267,642.00 is recurrent expenditure.
He said, the State government has allocated N3.6 billion for the health sector, Agriculture N2.5 bilion, commerce and industries N1.6 billion, environmental and mineral development N1.1 billion, administration N7.6 billion while tourism sector got lowest allocation of N88m for the year.
The Commissioner however commended the rescue team of the present adminstration under the able leadership of Governor of Plateau State and Chairman Northern Governors Forum, Rt. Hon. Barr. Dr. Simon Bako Lalong for his relentless efforts to transform and effect positive changes in the life of Plateau Citizens despite all challenges.
According to him,” The leadership style of continuity and inclusive governance embraced by his Excellency is highly commendable. Worthy of mention also is the improved security situation experience and prompt payment of workers salary, pension and completion of ongoing projects inherited and those initiated by the present administration”.