Plateau State is focusing on works and education for 2018 fiscal year, as it allocates N18, 833,700,000.00 to works and transport, representing 26.71 percent of capital estimate and N12,930,062,607.00 to education, representing 16.92 percent of the capital estimate.
Permanent secretary of Ministry of Finance, Sani Yahaya, while addressing journalists in Jos, the state capital, said the sum allotted to works would be used for the completion of ongoing projects that include “dualisation of Old Airport Junction Rayfield Road, Tahoss-Rim-Bachit, with spur to Lalin, Fobur-Federe-Angware, Bassa – Bisichi-Buyo, with spur to Zagun” and many other similar projects.
The sum allotted to education, he said, would be to revamp the educational standard in the state of which some of the major projects would include ” renovation/building of Government Technical College Bukuru, renovation of Science Secondary Schools Kuru, Mangu and Shendam, and furnishing and equipping of the newly constructed/ renovated schools.”
The sum of N4,352,033,311.00, representing 6.17 percent was allocated to health, N3,582,100,000.00, representing 5.07 percent to water resources, energy and sanitation, N 4, 075,633,000.00, representing 5.78 percent to agriculture and rural development, N4,064,520,488.00, representing 5.76 percent to Lands, Housing and Urban Development and N 1,153,500,000.00, representing 1.63 percent to Women, Youths and Sports Development.
The permanent secretary, who emphasised that the “revenue from the Federation Account is dwindling,” said “the government has put in measures to enhance revenue generation as well as reducing cost of governance.
” The state has revamped the State Financial Management Information System (SFMIS)9 by the implementation of an enhanced ICT system for administration and accounting for public funds in accordance with the IPSAS reporting.”