The Plateau State House of Assembly has said it will not condone administrative recklessness by the Executive arm of Government during budgetary implementation.
“The State needs funds to meet competing demands in the face of scarce resources,” said House Speaker Ayuba Abok, “The House intends to thoroughly examine the 2022 budget [proposed by Governor Simon Lalong] to ensure allocation of funds to only programs that are of relevance to to the people,” Abok said on Thursday during the presentation of 2022 budget estimate by the State Governor.
Lalong presented the 2022 budget Lalong presented the 2022 appropriation bill of N106,807,267,642.12, lower than the previous budget of N147,537,819,851.00.
Lalong said the drop in the figure was necessitated by annual budget performance deficits caused by high debts. “We are currently constrained by growing debt servicing cost,” he said. “We can no longer afford to go for more loans as our monthly debt repayment is above our IGR generation,” said the Governor.
Lalong assured citizens that ongoing projects will be completed and delivered before his tenure ends in 2023.
He also assured that apart from completion of ongoing infrastructural projects, the administration intends to initiate new projects including the construction of a flyover at the British-American intersection – a deadly traffic point in the Jos metropolis.
He added that his administration will design Master Plans for selected urban areas in Plateau State.
Breakdown of the budget according to Ministries saw the state Ministry of Works and Transportation with the highest allocation of N4,087,030,000.00 while Science and Technology got the lowest with N82, 700,000.00.