Governor Lalong projected N139.3 billion budget estimate has been agreed by the Plateau State Executive Council and will be forwarded to the State House of Assembly for approval.
During an Executive Council meeting on Tuesday at the Rayfield Government House in Jos, which was presided over by Governor Simon Lalong, it was learned that the State Executive Council had approved the budget proposal.
After the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Dan Manjang, gave a press conference and noted that the proposed budget included a capital expenditure proposal of 61.7 billion and a recurrent expenditure proposal of 77.6 billion. He said that the budget had increased.
He said that the budget, which increased by nearly 37% over the approved budget for 2022, will be sent to the House of Assembly for legislative approval on a future date.
The increase was necessary due to the continual hiring and firing of state employees, according to Mr. Peter Lamba, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Budget and Planning, who filled in for Mr. Dan Hirkop, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning.
According to Lamba, the increase also considered other indices, such as inflation and the necessity to guarantee the completion of important projects.
The State Executive Council also expressed satisfaction that Plateau would serve as the venue for the launch of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign on November 15.