Plateau State votes N119.8b for capital projects in 2015

• Lalong to set up probe panel on chlorine cylinder blast• Jang tasks water board workers on safety

Plateau State

Plateau State

PLATEAU government has said that it would spend N119.8 billion into capital projects this fiscal year.
A breakdown of the budget expenditure presented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Rauta Dakok showed that N95.6 billion would go into recurrent expenditure out of N215.8 billion.
“This budget is to further consolidate on Plateau’s growth,” Dakok declared at the budget breakdown presentation in Jos.
According to her, 55.61 per cent of the budget is allocated to capital projects to ensure the completion of ongoing projects and promote security.
She said that other sectors like education, health, water supply, agriculture, industries and sanitation would also receive adequate attention.
“In view of the numerous uncompleted projects spread across the state by the last administration, the focus of this budget will be to complete them and put them to use,” she said.
Meanwhile, the state government has said it would set up an independent committee to investigate the cause of the chlorine explosion that had led to the death of many people at the state water board.
The Governor, who said this when he visited the site of the explosion, added that the state owned committee would be independent from that which President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered.
According to Lalong, it was unfortunate that the incident had happened just few weeks after the twin bomb blasts that killed 14 people with 101 persons sustaining varying degrees of injuries.

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