By Abel Daniel
Governor Tanko Almakura, yesterday presented the 2016 budget proposal of Seventy-seven Billion, Nine Hundred and Seventeen Thousand, One Hundred and Twenty-six, Seven Hundred and Ninety-nine Naira (N77, 917,126,799) to the state Assembly.
The proposed budget shows a drop of 32.5% from the 2015 which was One Hundred and Seven Billion, Nine Hundred and Five Million, One Hundred and Ninety-one Thousand and Forty-five Naira (N107, 905,191,045)
The governor noted that the drop in the budget is to reflect realities on ground and the adoption of zero based budget in line with the Federal Government’s directive.
The governor state that some of the critical areas in which Government intends to focus in the 2016 budget include among others Completion of all on-going road construction projects started by this Administration, Step up the process of the construction of an International Cargo Airport in Lafia, the State capital.
The governor said this will enhance job creation and revenue generation. It is also intended to expand the transport system, improve security, attract investment and boost tourism to reduce over dependence on the statutory revenue allocation.