January 28, 2023

Plateau Assembly Approves N149.9bn Budget for 2023

The Plateau State House of Assembly has approved the total sum of One Hundred and Forty Nine Billion, Nine Hundred and Fifty One Million, Three Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand, Five Hundred and Ninety One (N149,951,334, 591) as budget of the State for 2023.

The figure shows an increase of about N10bn, from the (N139,357,144,980.38) earlier submitted to the House by the Executive Governor of the State, Barr. Simon Lalong on the 11 November, 2022.

Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Adamu Yahaya Mavo gave the estimate while presenting the Committee report on the 2023 appropriation bill during plenary on Thursday.

He said the budget size consist of Eighty Four Billion, One Hundred and Fifty Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Four Naira (N84,152,360,740) only as Recurrent Estimate and Sixty Five Billion, Seven Hundred and Ninety Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Seventy Three Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Seven Naira (N65,798,973,887) only as Capital Estimate for the 2023 fiscal year.

The Committee Chairman said the Committee observed that despite provisions in the 2022 budget, most MDAs had no releases on both overheads and capital estimates and had to roll over most of their 2023 proposals. They therefore recommended the release of funds to the MDAs to enable them function to generate revenue for the state.

The Committee also recommended provisions for eventuality such as disasters and assistance to victims in the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency, PLASEMA. Also that the law establishing the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA be reviewed to include 20% ecological funds for the agency.

“Government should pay the counterpart funds to State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB) to enable it access the matching grant from Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

“That the Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB) be changed to Plateau Urban Development Agency for wider operation in the entire State.

“The Committee recommends that henceforth, any MDA that does not comply with submission of quarterly reports to the House will not be attended to during budget defense.

The Committee further said renovation and maintaining of the 16 units guest House and the Green House should be prioritized given it’s strategic importance. “That the Jos Wildlife Park should be funded in order to take care of the feeding and health of the animals for productivity and subsequent generation of revenue.

The Report of the Tripartite Committee on Land, Survey and Town Planning, Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Agriculture and Natural Resources on a Bill for a Law to provide for the renumeration of appointed Traditional Rulers in Plateau State and for other connected matters, 2022, standing in the name of Ibrahim Baba Hassan, passed third reading during the plenary.