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Education gets priority in Plateau 2018 budget

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By Marie-Therese Nanlong

IN order to revamp the decaying education sector, the Plateau State Government has allocated 16.92 per cent of its 2018 budget to the sector with the aim of completing ongoing projects in public schools.

The allocation is higher compared to what is allocated to health, agriculture, commerce, tourism, water resources, energy and sanitation and others except administration, works and transport. It is a departure from what obtained in the past where such attention was not given to the sector.

Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Finance, Mr. Sani Yahaya made the disclosure while giving a breakdown of the 2018 budget as well as a roadmap on how monies will be raised to fund the budget.

He said: “The administration has committed the sum of N11, 930,062,607.00 to the education sub-sector, representing 16.92 per cent of the capital estimate and the amount would be used for the completion of ongoing renovations and constructions in secondary schools and provision of infrastructure in tertiary institutions.”

Apart from education, the highest allocation of N18,833,700,000.00  (26.71 per cent) went to Works and Transport, Administration has N15,025,652,684.00 (21.31 per cent) while Health has N4,352,033,311.00 (6.17 per cent); Water Resources, Energy & Sanitation has N3,582,100,000.00 (5.07 per cent); Commerce & Industry has N2,861,125,000.00 (4.05 per cent).

Agriculture and Rural Devt. has N4,075,633,000.00 (5.78 per cent); Lands, Housing & Urban Devt. was allocated N4,064,520,488.00 (5.76 per cent); Tourism, Culture & Hospitality has N354,900,000.00; Information & Communication has N1,379,928,013.00; Women, Youths & Sports Devt has N1,153,500,00.00 (1.63 per cent) while Judiciary has N1,021,950,000.00.

To finance the budget, the Permanent Secretary said: “We will explore all necessary avenues to source for funds to finance the budget, we implore  our citizens to cooperate with revenue authorities and the tax officials in the payment of their taxes and other levies.”

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