Obaseki presents N146 billion, Al-Makura proposes N123b 2018 budget estimates

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki yesterday presented N146b 2018 budget estimate to the House of Assembly saying, government has created 30,000 jobs of the 200,000 jobs promised in the first four years of his administration.

He said his government also reorganised public transportation system, traffic control agency thereby easing the flow of traffic in Benin City, the state capital.

“The state government engaged 650 people in the Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDSTMA). These courteous but firm and very well trained men have introduced sanity in the traffic situation in Edo State.

“We have also completed the designs of bus terminals and we are confident that the construction of the Central Benin City Bus Terminal will commence in the first quarter of 2018. We are taking delivery of 75 new commuter busses to restock the fleet of our Comrade Busses very soon,” he said.

Obaseki noted that the state government created 30,000 jobs in the last one year, adding that the beneficiaries of the jobs were drawn from the over 190,000 unemployed persons registered under the Edo Jobs Initiative.

He listed the sectors from where the 30,000 jobs were created to include Edo SEEFOR project where 9,000 persons were engaged.

Meanwhile, Nasarawa State Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has proposed N123b appropriation bill for 2018, as against the 2017 budget of N67b.

The budget of sustainability, as the governor called it, shows an increase of N31 billion above the 2017 fiscal document.

Presenting the budget to the state House of Assembly, Al-Makura assured the Balarabe Ibrahim-led house that his government would focus on projects that would have a direct impact on the people.

Details of the budget shows that capital expenditure received N45b, representing 38 per cent, while the current expenditure got N71b or 58 per cent of the budget.



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