Plateau Government Budgets N27 Billion for Education, Health

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From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
In its efforts to improve the education sector, the Plateau State government has budgeted the sum of N18,902,424, 182. 00 billion for the section in the 2015 budget.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance in the State, Mrs Rauta Dakok, while giving the breakdown of the 2015 budget in Jos.
She said, “This amount allocated to this sub-sector represents 13.9% of the capital estimate. It is largely for the completion of ongoing renovation and construction of the schools and provision of infrastructure at tertiary institutions.
Also, the permanent secretary said the sum of N8,420, 400, 935.00 has been allocated to the health sector, which is 6.85% of the total budget.
According to her, this sum is to be use for the completion and expansion of three general hospitals in Riyom, Mabudi and Kwal, all are spread across the three senatorial districts. It also covers the upgrading of 3 cottage hospitals to general hospitals, staff quarters, among others.
The highest receiver is the Ministry of Works and Transport, which has been allocated the sum of N37,484,700, 000, which represents 29.43% of the total budget of the State.
Dakok maintained that “emphasis will be on the completion of ongoing road projects. To this end, the sum of N25,337,624,000 has been set aside for the completion of these ongoing roads projects this fiscal year.
The 2015 budget christened “Budget of Continuity and Inclusive Growth V”, is to further consolidate on the achievements made in the 2014 budget and is geared towards implementing the Five-point agenda of the present administration, she added.
Dakok stressed that the focus of the 2015 budget is the completion of ongoing projects, with particular focus on peace and security, human capital development, among others.
It would be recalled that Governor Simon Lalong had signed the 2015 budget of N215, 457, 618, 204.72 billion into law over a month ago.

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