Monday, 12 December 2016

3 weeks to year end, Plateau proposes N6.7 billion 2016 supplementary budget

Plateau governor, Simon Lalong; Photo Credit: ChannelsTV
About three weeks to the end of the year, the Plateau Executive Council has approved a supplementary budget of N6.74 billion to be presented to the state House of Assembly for approval.
Muhammad Nazif, Commissioner for Information and Communication, said this on Tuesday while briefing journalists after the executive council meeting in Jos.

Mr. Nazif said the supplementary budget was to finance some ongoing projects and programmes in some ministries, departments and agencies.
“Today’s meeting discussed one addendum, a supplementary budget meant for the ministries of agriculture, works and commerce, as well as pensions and the water board.
“They have exhausted their budget for the year and they need funds to complete ongoing projects, as well as other programmes,” Nazif said.
The commissioner stated that the budget would be presented to the State Assembly to undergo legislative ratification and approval.
He, however, added that the state’s 2017 budget would be presented to the assembly before the end of the month.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Pam Dongs, during the briefing said that the state government would include the construction of pedestrian bridges on expressways in next year’s budget.
Mr. Dongs said the bridges became necessary because of the dualisation of roads in the Jos metropolis, making it difficult for pedestrian to cross.
The commissioner also said that speed breakers (bumps) would be built on the Secretariat Junction flyover, to reduce speed that had caused many accidents.

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