BY: VALENTINE ADESE, FRANK AGBAI AND IFEANYI OKONKWO
Following the signing of the Plateau State 2016 Appropriation Bill into Law by the Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, on 10th May, 2016, the State Ministry of Finance has gone further today, to present the detail breakdown of the policies and programmes contained in the Budget.
Giving the Breakdown of the Budget at the conference hall of the state cabinet office, the Hon. Commissioner of Finance Plateau State, Mrs. Tamwakat Gofwen, said for the government to complete the programmes lined up in the Budget, the government would require the patience and understanding of the citizens of the state.
Adding that, the state government remains committed to proper Accountability, Transparence, Due Process and Good Governance.
The Honourable Commissioner said, “We are mindful of the fact that the first quarter of the year is gone, however, we are committed to its implementation despite the continuous drop in the revenue accruing to the state. In view of the numerous uncompleted projects spread across the state by the last administration, the focus of this budget will be on completion of these projects, the pursuit of peace, security and poverty.
“For us to be able to complete these programmes and initiate new ones contained in the budget, we will require the patience and understanding of the citizens of the state, in the face of the dwindling resources. As citizens, we must divinely be committed to the payments of our taxes and other obligations to enhance the revenue base of the state.
“Remember the state cannot sustain itself without your participation. This administration remains committed to ensuring proper Accountability, Transparence, Due Process and Good Governance.”
Stating some of the difficulties Governor Simon Lalong’s administration faced in implementing the 2015 Budget of the state, Mrs. Tamwakat stated that the inability of the last State Assembly to pass the Appropriation Bill before its exit caused a lot of challenges in its implementation.
Adding that, “the new administration inherited a work force that was on strike over non-payment of salaries that had accumulated for over seven (7) months and pension arrears of over ten (10) months, leaving the workforce in complete misery.”
You would recall that the change administration of Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, has tagged this years’ budget as, “BUDGET OF RESCURE AND HOPE.”
According to the Budget breakdown document, the Sectoral Breakdown is as follows:
1. Administrative Sector—N13,184,113,482.00--- 17.97%
2. Economic Sector---------N36,270,022,772.00---- 49.43%
3. Law and Justice---------------N667,288,000.00----0.91%
4. Social Sector---------------N23,249,650,706.00---- 31.69%