11 November 2020 By Josiah Buzun
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has presented the 2021 budget of 133.4 billion naira to the State House of Assembly.
Tagged budget of economic recovery, inclusive growth and infrastructural consolidation, the estimate consists of 83.9 billion naira as recurrent expenditure representing 62.9%, while capital is made up of 49.5 billion representing 37.12%.
This indicates an increase of over 10.6 bilion naira from the revised 2020 budget of 122.8 billion naira representing an 8% difference.
The health sector got the highest allocation of 7.2billion naira while works and transport got 6.7billion naira.
Governor Lalong said the budget is intended to pursue programs and projects with the view to achieving an inclusive and high income strategy, while securing an increasingly better life for all.
He said with the appointment of a reputable revenue collection firm, his administration would redouble efforts towards rapidly improving revenue target, which is crucial to funding the budget.
Lalong said his administration has in the last 5 years kept faith with its promise to run a Government that is open, transparent and accountable to the people.
He said despite the setback as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, the State shall continue to engage all stakeholders, including youths, as it works to create economic opportunities that would lead to self-reliance and job creation.
Responding, speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Abok Nuhu Ayuba assured that the House would work on the bill and ensure that it is passed on time for the Governor’s assent and onward implementation.
Abok Ayuba urged the State Government to present the 2022 appropriation early to enable them scrutinize and pass same by December 2021.