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Plateau proposes budget of N139.3 billion for ratification by House

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong

A proposal budget, estimated to the tune of N139.3 billion, has been approved to be sent to the Plateau State House of Assembly for passage into law as 2023 appropriation. 

The approval of the proposal was agreed on the budget by the State Executive Council during an Executive Council meeting chaired by the State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong. 

While briefing journalists shortly after the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon. Dan Manjang, stated that the proposed budget has a capital expenditure of N61.7 billion and N77.6 billion as recurrent expenditure. 

According to him, the budget, which has an increase of about 37 percent over the 2022 approved budget, will be transmitted to the House of Assembly for Legislative action on a date to be fixed.

Also, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mr. Peter Lamba, who stood in for Mr. Dan Hirkop, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, said the increment was necessitated by the on-going recruitment and replacement of workers in the State.

He noted that, the increase also took note of inflation, other indices and the need to ensure completion of critical projects.

He said, the State Executive Council also expressed delight as Plateau hosts the flag-off of the APC Presidential Campaigns scheduled to take place on November 15th.

In another development, the statement also expressed shock over the demise of Her Excellency, Ngo Lydia Bot-Mang, wife of the former Deputy Governor of Chief Michael Bot-Mang, who died recently, as well as the former Chairman of Mangu Local Government, Hon. Lawrence Danat.

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