Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau on Tuesday, presented a budget of N172.5 billion for 2020 to the state House of Assembly for consideration.
Lalong said that the budget was N19 billion higher than the 2019 figure of N153.5 billion.
The governor said that N198.1 billion representing 56 per cent of the budget christened ‘Budget of Rescue and Infrastructural Consolidation’ was for recurrent expenditure while N74.4 billion was for capital expenditure.
He said that the budget would be funded through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), statutory revenue allocation, and reimbursement from Federal Government on roads constructed by the State Government.
Lalong added that the budget would also be funded through Value Added Tax (VAT), draw downs from donor project and domestic grants among others.
“It is estimated that the state will raise ₦21.2 billion from IGR, N46 billion from statutory revenue allocation, and N2.5 billion from reimbursement for federal roads constructed by the state government.
“Others include NNPC, Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), Exchange Gains Rate, etc., amounting to N1.5 billion, VAT N18 billion, draw downs from donor projects N14.7 billion and external loan of ₦12 billion.
“Furthermore, we expect N9 billion from Investment (General), N4. 6 billion from Domestic Grants and N42.9 billion Domestic Loans,” he said.
Lalong said that in spite of government’s efforts at articulating prudent estimate projections, the 2019 budget remained in deficit financing in the sum of ₦32.9 billion
The deficit according to him represents 19 per cent of the budget.
He, however, added that funds would be sourced locally and internationally to close the deficit as the need arise.
Under sectoral breakdown, Lalong said N11.6 billion was earmarked for the administrative sector, N44 billion for economic sector, N18 billion for social sector and 600 million for law/justice sector.
“In this fiscal year under sub-sectors, the sum of N15.5 billion is allocated to water resources and energy while works and transport is allocated the sum of N14.2 billion.
“The sum of N10. 7 billion is allocated to education, N2.1 billion for agricultural programme and women, youth and sports will get N1.6 billion.
“The estimate for environment and mineral sub-sectors is N7.1 billion, while the sum of N4.5 billion is allocated to the health sector.
“The commerce and industries sub-sector is allocated the sum of N1.5 billion with information and communication taking N1.2 billion,’’ he said.
The Speaker, Ayuba Abok thanked the governor for fulfilling the constitutional mandate of presenting the budget to the house for consideration and passage.
Abok assured the governor on behalf of his colleagues that the appropriation bill would be given the expeditious attention it deserved.
He, however, appealed to the governor to present the 2021 budget by September 2020 to enable the house consider and pass it by December of the same year.
Edited & Vetted By: Emmanuel Okara/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Gov. Ortom inaugurates Benue Assembly Service Commission
Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue on Tuesday inaugurated the State House of Assembly Service Commission.
Ortom, while inaugurating the commission in Makurdi said, it was to ensure smooth administration and running of the House including recruitment, promotion and discipline of staff.
He enjoined members to be guided by the extant laws governing the commission and also charged them to be committed, conscientious and patriotic in all their dealings with the staff and the public.
He thanked the lawmakers, particularly the Speaker, Mr Titus Uba for the expeditious approval of the commission members.
He listed members of the commission to include, Dr Sylvester Atachin as Chairman, Mr Benjamin Dowgo, while Mr Terseer Tsumba, Mr Avine Agbom and Mr Ezekiel Adaji will serve as members.
“As pioneers, you have the task of laying the foundation on which future the commission members would build.
“You have been appointed based on your previous experience, competence and adherence to the doctrine of fair representation.
“It is important to note too that your appointment is a four-year mandate, which may only be renewed once.
“Let me emphasise that the commission cannot afford to function as an island, but shall have a harmonious working relationship with the National Assembly Commission, the State Civil Service Commission and the leadership of the House among others for optimal results,”he said.
He expressed happiness that a milestone has been achieved during his tenure as governor of the state and under the leadership of Uba as speaker.
“It is my belief, therefore that the autonomy of the legislature is for administrative convenience and will not stop us from continuing to work together in harmony.
“As a matter of fact, it should accentuate the mutual respect and co-operation between the two arms of government for the overall good of Benue people and the nation,”he said.
Atachin thanked the governor for finding them worthy of the appointment and pledged members unflinching support for his administration.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)https://nnn.ng/gov-ortom-inaugurates-benue-assembly-service-commission/
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Gov. Ugwuanyi orders overhauling of Agbani General Hospital
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Monday ordered the total overhauling of facilities in the General Hospital, Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.
Ugwuanyi gave the order when he inspected the new structure at the hospital and the state of facilities existing in the hospital.
The governor said that his administration would deploy the essential materials and manpower to ensure the full operation of the facility.
He said the action was in line with his administration’s resolve to upgrade health facilities in the state for the well being of the people.
Ugwuanyi also inspected the reconstruction of the Colliery Hospital, Enugu, and construction of new structures at the hospital, now designated as an Infectious Disease Isolation and Treatment Centre.
It would be recalled that Ugwuanyi administration last week, awarded multiple contracts for construction and rehabilitation of health facilities across the state.
The contracts include new Primary Health Care Centres in seven LGAs, rehabilitation of 34 health facilities across the 17 LGAs, upgrade and rehabilitation of General Hospital Ogrute, Enugu Ezike and Nsukka District Hospital, among others.
Present during the inspection in Agbani were member representing Nkanu East, West federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Nnolim Nnaji, and the member representing Nkanu West in the State House of Assembly, Mr Iloabuchi Aniagu.
Others included the Nkanu West LGA Chairman, Chief Nwabueze Nnamani, the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Health, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, among others.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
‘I welcome constructive advice’ – Gov. Fintiri
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa says his doors are always open for constructive advice that will move the state forward.
Fintiri declared this at the inauguration of members of Adamawa State Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Adamawa State Local Government Service Board and Adamawa State Pension Board on Monday in Yola.
The governor reiterated that his administration was transparent and all inclusive for the development of the state.
“My doors are always open and you are free to approach me for meaningful advice that will move our dear state forward.
“For you, the newly inaugurated Chairmen and Members of Boards and Commissions, I challenge you to initiate reforms and policies that will promote accountability and discipline in the state service sector,” Fintiri said.
He urged the appointees to bring out their best to resharpen relevant reforms in their various offices for the benefit of the service and greater Adamawa.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, the Chairman, Local Government Service Board, Mr Piton Power, assured the governor of their unshaken support and loyalty.
“We assure you that we are going to discharge the duties reposed on us diligently and with distinction,” Power said.
He thanked the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve the people of the state and pledged to bring enormous changes that would move the state forward. (NAN)
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)https://nnn.ng/i-welcome-constructive-advice-gov-fintiri/