Yakubu Busari, Jos
Governor Bako Lalong
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Plateau State Alhaji Sani Yahaya has pledged that the state government would be prudent, transparent and justiciable in the implementation of the 2018 budget of the state recently approved and signed into law by Governor Simon Bako Lalong.
Speaking at the breakdown budget session with the press,Yahaya said the 2018 budget tagged “Budget of Rescue and Consolidation”, is aimed at consolidating on the gains and achievements of this administration since the beginning of its Rescue Mission.”
Taking a leaf from the the 2017 budget, tagged ‘budget of rescue and confidence building’, he said the previous year’s budget aimed at ‘building confidence of the people of the state on this administration’ for which One Hundred and Thirty Nine Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety Four Million, Three Hundred and Eight Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty Six Naira (N139,494,308,256.00) only was appropriated had Sixty Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty Two Million, Six Hundred and Ninety Nine Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety Five Naira (N69,362,699,295.00) for Recurrent Expenditure and Seventy Billion, and One Hundred and Thirty One Million, Six Hundred and Eight Thousand, Nine Hundred Sixty One Naira (N70,131,608,961.00) only for Capital Expenditure.
This is against the 2018 budget with the sum of N70,505,477,530.00 (48.16%) and N75,900,597,391.00 (51.84) are for Capital and Recurrent Expenditures respectively.
“Due to increase government activities and the need to provide critical infrastructures in the state as well as sufficient provisions in some sub-heads in some MDAs, a supplementary budget of Twelve Billion, Six Hundred and Forty Eight Million, Four Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty Five Naira (N12,648,429,385.00) only was also passed by the State House of Assembly,” he said, adding “ Out of this approval, One Billion, Seven Hundred and One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,701,500,000.00) only was for Recurrent Expenditure, while Ten Billion, Nine Hundred and Forty Six Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty Five Naira (N10,946,929,385.00) only was for Capital Expenditure.”
He gave a breakdown of the 2017 expenditure and Revenue Profile as follows:.
APPROVED REV. 2017
JAN DEC. 2017
Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)
Statutory Revenue Allocation (SRA)
Others (NNPC Ex. Gain Diff., Excess, PPT. etc
APPROVED REV. 2017
JAN DEC. 2017 N
Value Added Tax (VAT)
Refunds from Paris Club
Internal Loans (Deficit Financing)
During the period under review, the sum of Fifty-Nine Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety-Five Million, Three Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty One Naira, Fifty Five Kobo (₦59,595,316,541.55) only representing 85.92 percent was expended as Recurrent Expenditure against the approved Recurrent Estimate of Sixty-Nine Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty-Two Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety-Five Naira (N69,362,699,295.00) only.
The detail of the recurrent expenditure is presented in the table below:-
ITEM OF EXP.
JAN DEC. 2017 N
Personnel Cost: (Salaries)
Consolidated Rev, Fund Charges
REVIEW OF THE 2017 CAPITAL BUDGET PERFORMANCES.
The sum of N16,148,328,533.98 was spent on various projects representing 22.01% of the approved Capital Estimate as highlighted below.
WORKS AND TRANSPORT.
In its philosophy of completing ongoing projects started by previous administration, we have completed some of the roads while others are receiving desired attention from various contractors working hard to complete them. Some of these roads include;
Secretariat Junction Fly-over
Dong-Rantiya-Gyel Road Network
Dualisation of Old Airport junction-Rayfield-Bukuru with Spur to Dogon Karfe-Kugiya-Gbandang and New Government House;
Construction of Kufang-Wildlife Park with Spur to D. Y. Bali and Bitrus Rang Pam Road
Gungi-Shiwer-Dokpai with Spur to Tiplik
Foron-Bakin Kogi- Kadunu-Gindiri
Jos-Mazah-Angware-Buyo Road (II)
Langtang-Garkawa-Yelwa-Shendam with Spur to Lalin
Dualisation of TAEN Junction-Bukuru-Yakubu Gowon Express way Kugiya Rahol Kanang Junction
Mangu-Sabon Layi (COCIN Rehabilitation Center)
Construction of Rukuba Road Miango-Dochai with Spur to Nigerian College of Accountancy Vom-Farin Lamba-Kassa
Pankshin-Lankan-Dyis-Sihin with Spur to Asa
Europharm-Dyei and Zaramganda-Mazaram Road Network
Construction and Resurfacing of Maraban Jamaa- British American Junction
Bassa-Binchi-Buyo with Spur to Zagun
The State Government also mobilized contractors who have since commenced construction work on the 22 new roads approved for construction.
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.
This sub-sector has also received desired attention of this Government by commencing the construction of some roads within the Jos-Bukuru Metropolis. Some of the roads under construction include;
Construction of Angwan Rogo road network;
Construction of Kabong Satellite Market-Tudun Wada road network with spur to Mado Tourist and Sabon Gari
Construction of Rikkos-Yanshanu-Gangare road network;
Construction of Laminga Housing Estate road network
Construction of Akila Machunga-Utonkon-Keana road with spur to Abattior;
Construction of ITF Quarters road network.
The Roads Maintenance Agency has also been able to acquire Road Patchers to rehabilitate roads within the State.
LANDS, SURVEY AND TOWN PLANNING.
With the commissioning of the Plateau Geographic Information System (PLAGIS) Project, and the lifting of the ban on the processing of Land Titles, the Process of Securing Land Tittles has become easy.
In other for Citizens get their Land Titles, the Rescue Administration has magnanimously reviewed downward all land rates by 50%.
ENVIRONMENT AND MINERAL DEVELOPMENT.
The State Government has continued to ensure that our environment is kept clean through monthly sanitation exercises and the engagement of street cleaners in the major cities of the State. The National Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) of the World Bank is embarking on erosion control in some parts of the State. So far, the State has accessed the sum of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) and is awaiting state counterpart for the execution of some projects. Some Chinese Investors have also indicated interest in Solid Mineral Exploration, which is a major investment opportunity for effective revenue generation.
WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY.
With the support by the EU-UNICEF Project through the Plateau State Water Board and Plateau Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (PRUWASSA), over 340 boreholes and pit toilets were constructed in various Local Government Areas. The Plateau State Water Board was able to procure assorted water treatment chemicals to enhanced Water Supply in the State while the Ministry of Water Resources has developed some Water Policies for efficient water management, namely;
Water and Sanitation Policies;
Monitoring and Evaluation Framework of the Water Sector;
Water State Law.
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT.
During the year under review, government acquired and distributed 6,333 metric tons of assorted fertilizers to farmers at subsidized rates. The State Government has also engaged Agricultural Extension Workers on Ad-hoc basis who will render services to our farmers to increase output.
The State Government through the Federal Governments Programme on Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) will open up rural roads to our farmers through a loan of Sixty Million Dollars ($60,000,000) with a 5% Counterpart Contribution.
TOURISM, CULTURE AND HOSPITALITY.
With the relative peace being enjoyed in the State, the Ministry of Tourism was able to successfully organize the maiden edition of Jos Carnival where the various cultures of peace-loving people of Plateau were paraded.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) have been signed with some reputable companies for the development and upgrading of some Government Hotels and Tourist sites in the State.
HEALTH, EDUCATION AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES
The on-going constructions and renovations of Health and Education facilities in the State are almost completed. Some of the Hospitals have been completed and awaiting furnishing and equipping.
With Governments desired attention to Education, the States University held its first Convocation in addition to the provision of Facilities at the Institution. A lot of renovation work is ongoing by SUBEB in some the Primary and Junior Secondary Schools.
Youth and Sporting activities received desired attention during the Fiscal Year. A Youth Council election for the State was successfully conducted and Youth Council activities have commenced in earnest. Equally important is the support the State Government gives to Plateau United Football Club, which won the 2016/2017 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL Cup) which gained the Continental Ticket. The State has also maintained its support to the Mighty Jets Football Club of Jos, with other Clubs and Associations, thereby promoting peace and harmony.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRIES
The State Government in its commitment to boosting industrialization, through the encouragement of Small and Medium Scale Businesses established the Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency (PLASMEDA). Already, the agency has commenced disbursement of funds to individuals and co-operative societies.
Government has also commenced the release of funds for the complete takeover of the BARC Farms sold by the State Government some years ago.
More investment opportunities will be opened as the Jos Main Market and other abundant investments are rebuilt and completed. This can be seen in Governments efforts in resuscitating the Bokkos Fertilizer Blending Plant which has commenced the production of fertilizers in the State.
During the last Fiscal Year appointments into the State and Federal Levels as well as Projects are evenly spread across the Local Governments Areas of the State.
Salaries of Civil Servants and Pensions of Retirees are been paid as at when due. Also, Civil Servants have continued to have their Promotions released and financial benefits implemented without delay, thereby promoting harmonious relationship with Labour.
THE 2018 BUDGET ESTIMATE.
The budget estimate was projected based on the Macro-Economic variables from the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS).
As usual, the implementation of this budget will still be anchored on the 5-Pillar Policy Trust of this Administration with emphasis on the completion of the on-going projects.
The budget has a total size of One Hundred and Forty Six Billion, Four Hundred and Six Million, Seventy Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Twenty One Naira (N146,406,074,921.00) only. This is more than 2017 budget with the sum of N6,911,766,665.00. The sum of N70,505,477,530.00 (48.16%) and N75,900,597,391.00 (51.84) are for Capital and Recurrent Expenditures respectively.
The details of the revenue and expenditure projections of the budget are presented in the table below.
RECURRENT REVENUE =N= K
Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) – 21,266,271,714.00
Statutory Revenue Allocation (SRA) – 33,000,000,000.00
Re-imbursements – 18,868,659,679.00
Others (NNPC Refunds, Exchange rate Gains)
Excess PPT etc – 4,500,000,000.00
Sub-Total – 77,634,931,393.00
Value Added Tax – 12,000,000,000.00
Refunds from Paris Club Loan – 10,000,000,000.00
Draw Downs – 3,754,813,700.00
Internal Loans (Deficit Financing) – 31,679,329,828.00
External Loans/grants – 6,000,000,000.00
Grants and Contributions – 5,317,000,000.00
Donations and Contribution – 20,000,000.00
Sub-Total – 68,771,143,528.00
Grand-Total A+B – 146,406,074,921.00
Personnel Costs – 26,807,511,907.00
Overhead Cost – 30,092,890,907.00
Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges- 19,000,194,496.00
CAPITAL EXPENDITURE – 70,505,477,530.00
G/TOTAL (A+B) – 146,406,074,921.00
The sum of Seventy Billion, Five Hundred and Five Million, Four Hundred and Seventy-Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Thirty Naira (N70,505,477,530.00) only has been earmarked in the budget for capital projects and programmes this fiscal year.
This represents 48.16% of the total budget.
Attention will continue to be focused on the completion of on-going projects.
SECTORAL BREAKDOWN OF THE 2018 BUDGET
Administrative Sector 17,154,052,839.00 – 24.33
Economic Sector 33,052,176,415.00 – 48.29
Law And Justice 504,050,000.00 – 0.71
Social Sector 18,794,798,276.00 – 26.65
TOTAL – 70,505,477,530.00 – 100.00
“As highlighted above, we shall explore all necessary avenues to source for funds to finance the budget.”, said the Permanent Secretary, adding,
“While we implement strategic and critical developmental projects and programmes contained in the budget, we implore on our citizens to cooperate with revenue authorities and the task force in the payment of their taxes and other levies, in the mist of this economic challenges.”