Mr. Simon Lalong, Governor of Plateau State.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – The Plateau State Government has allocated the sum of N9,357,030,000 representing 26% of its total budget for the year 2022 to the Ministry of Works and Transport, even as the sum of N88,000,000 representing 0.24% is allocated to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Hospitality.

Apart from Administration which has N7,687,193,830.50, representing 21.36% of the total budget size of N106,807,267,642, the Ministries stated above have the highest and the lowest allocations.

Giving a breakdown of the Plateau State budget for 2022 in Jos on Friday, the State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Sylvester Wallangko said the budget tagged: Budget of Economic Recovery and Consolidation of inclusive infrastructural growth 2 aims at rebuilding on the past achievements that the State recorded in previous years.

He announced the allocations for other Ministries to include, Education which gets N3,273,564,267 representing 9.10% projected for the completion of ongoing projects. Health is allocated “the sum of N3,553,472,125.00 only representing 9.87% of the capital estimate. Water Resources, Energy and Sanitation has an allocation of N2,658,132,089 representing 7.39%, Agriculture and Rural Development has N2,521,842,977 representing 7.07%.

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“Lands, Housing and Urban Development has N911,542,143 representing 2.53%, Science and Technology has been allocated the sum of N220,700,000 and it represents 0.67% of the total capital estimate. Information and Communication has N343,783,000 representing 0.96%. Women, Youth and Sports Development has N203,290,000, this represents 0.56%. Commerce and Industries, the sum of N1,617,592,000, representing 4.49% has been allocated.

“The judiciary sub sector has been allocated the sum of N1,526,810,000 representing 4.24% of the capital estimate to finance their critical projects. Under the Environment and Mineral Development, government has allocated the sum of N1,107,464,860 to boost environmental control. This represents 3.08% of the capital estimate. Finance and Economic has N917,574,706 representing 2.55% of the capital estimate.”

The Commissioner however, enjoined “all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to adhere strictly to the basic principle of budgeting and budget implementation,” and advised stakeholders to “take responsibility and ownership of all projects that are in their domain by exhibiting high sense of responsibility in terms of maintenance culture as the primary beneficiaries.”