Budget of Rescue & Confidence BuildingA BUDGET OF RESCUE AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING.
Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members, about this time last year I presented the “2016 Budget of Rescue and Hope” after series of addressing critical components of governance. In fulfillment of Section 121 Sub-section (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, the Governor is required to prepare and lay a budget estimate before the House of Assembly. Accordingly, it is my honour to address the Honourable Assembly for the sole purpose of presenting the 2017 Budget of our dear State, the Home of Peace and Tourism.
Permit me to start this address by thanking the almighty God for bringing us to the end of this year and for keeping the House alive and alert to its budgetary responsibilities. All of you will agree with me that the year 2016 has been economically very challenging due to the general economic recession in the country occasioned by a drastic fall in National Income from various revenue sources. The attendant effect of this is a drop in the allocation accruing to the state from the Federal Government, which has been left at the mercy of Money Banks for the servicing of debts that are owed by the State.
Despite these daunting challenges, we have remained focused in delivering on the promises made to our citizenry and today in keeping with the constitutional duty of office laying before you the proposed estimates of the State for the 2017 Fiscal Year. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Members, I recognize and commend your individual and collective sense of Patriotism, Commitment and selfless disposition for service to your constituents, despite the non-availability of financial resources. These include your speedy passage of bills that led to our establishment of Plateau State Medium Enterprise Development Agency (PLASMEDA), Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA), Plateau State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PLPHCDA), The Public Procurement Law, The Tax Harmonization Bill and most recently passed the 2016 Supplementary Budget, amongst others. These efforts have confirmed your commitment to working in nexus with the Executive and be a part of history in our collective pursuits of giving the best to the generality of our citizens.
It is therefore our hope that as I present to you the programs of this administration for the next year 2017, we shall together deliver to our people the very best that our progressive partnership as members of a Change Government on a Rescue Mission can offer.
REVIEW OF THE 2016 BUDGET PERFORMANCES.
Mr. Speaker and Honorable Members, it is necessary that I give you an overview of the performance of 2016 budget before giving details of the 2017 budget.
You will recall I presented to this House last year a budget christened “Budget of Rescue and Hope”. The underlying philosophy of the budget was aimed at bringing our citizens from a state of hopelessness, poverty deprivation to self-dependence. The 2016 Budget had a size of One hundred and Forty-Six Billion, Six Hundred and Nine Six Million, One Hundred and Eighty-Five Thousand, One Hundred and Eighteen Naira (N146,696,185,118. 00) only. The budget was streamlined to address the 5-Policy Thrust of this Administration. Emphasis on the Budget was on the completion of on-going projects and executing key interventions under the Policy Thrust of the Rescue Administration. Details of our modest achievements in the various sectors and under our five key policy thrust were presented in my first year anniversary speech to the good people of Plateau State on 29th May 2016. Permit me therefore to give the highlights of the Capital Projects and Programs executed during the year under review based on the Sectors for your kind acknowledgement of the successes recorded, in spite of economic downturn.
WORKS AND TRANSPORT.
Despite the lean resources, this administration has kept faith with its promise of completing the on-going road projects that were started by the last administration. Some of the roads have been completed and they include:
The Secretariat Junction Fly-over
- Jos - Mazah road
- Mangu-Gindiri-Lere –Kadunu-Bakin-Kogi-Foron
- Federal Low-cost Housing Estate road Network
- Dental Clinic-Dogon Karfe-Great Commission Headquarters Road Network
- Zololo junction-Nassarawa Gwong Road
Work is on going on some of these roads while others within this category have been mobilized for the continuation of work up to completion. They include:
- 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 Rwang Pam Road
- Gungi-Shiwer-Dokpai with Spur to Tiplk
- Foron-Bakin Kogi- Kadunu-Gindiri
- Jos-Mazah-Angware-Buyo Road
- 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
- Jengre-Amo-Katako Road
- Pankshin-Lankan-Dyis-Sihin with Spur to Asa
- Europharm-Dyei and Zaramganda-Mazaram Road Network
- Shendam-Kalong-Shimankar Bridge
- Construction and Resurfacing of Maraban Jama’a- British American Junction
- Bassa-Binchi-Buyo with Spur to Zagun
Furthermore, additional contracts for the construction of 16 new road projects have been advertised and tendered for.
In addition, the Government released funds to restore electricity supply to the State Secretariat Complex which armored cables and other equipment were vandalized and stolen when the renovation of the complex was being carried out.
The State Government also procured 14 number Hilux Vehicles for the Ministry of Works and Transport for the effective Traffic Management and revenue generation by the Vehicle inspection Office (VIO). Above all, in the general administration, to consolidate on the peace and security we have entrenched as well as enhance efficiency in governance, official vehicles were purchased for the respective government appointees, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.
This administration has completed the remodeling of the Plateau State Governors Lodge at Asokoro Abuja, which was revoked and completed under direct labour. The Lodge is now well furnished and put into use.
Similarly, under the new National Housing scheme or policy, the State government has acquired 5-Hecters of land at Laminga, with compensation paid and Land Tittles issued to the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. A memorandum of Understanding has been signed with developers under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Scheme, to Construct twenty two thousand, five hundred (22,500) housing Units at Nine (9) Sites.
To keep our roads within the Township motorable and accessible, Government procured 2-Road Patchers to be used in patching the roads in the city, which are full of Pot-holes.
During the year under review, contract will soon be awarded for the rehabilitation of 6km Angwan Rogo road Network in addition to many others within the Jos and Bukuru metropolis to ease vehicle movement within the Metropolis.
LANDS, SURVEY AND TOWN PLANNING.
This Administration has commissioned the Plateau Geographic Information System (PLAGIS) project which has long been overdue. With this, applicants are no longer denied Land Tittles as and the Process of Securing title has been made less cumbersome with a 21 day delivery period for process compliant applicants. The Government had also magnanimously approved a downward review of the rates by 50% for Land Tittles to encourage Land Owners get tittles for their Lands.
Government has also identified 4-Industrial Sites as contained in the Greater Jos Master Plan for the development of an Industrial Layout. A piece of Land has also been identified for a proposed Mass Housing Unity layout at Naraguta, along Bauchi Road as part of Government’s proactive Peace Building Measures.
ENVIRONMENT AND MINERAL DEVELOPMENT.
The State Government released the sum of thirty million Naira (N30,000,000:00) as counterpart fund to enable Plateau State benefit from Erosion And Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) of the World Bank. So far, the State has accessed the sum of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000:00) for the programme to commence. The State has also wooed Chinese Investors into the State seeking business opportunities in the area of Solid Minerals , which is one of the three critical areas of our New Normal and discriminating competences for self-sufficiency and sustainability.
WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY.
Government has continued to sustain its support to this sector, realizing the fact that it is the bedrock for the socio economic wellbeing of her citizenry.
The State Government released Counterpart Contribution for the construction of 340 boreholes in Riyom and Shendam Local Government Areas. This programme is being supported by the EU-UNICEF Project through the Plateau State Water Board and Plateau Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (PRUWASSA). Furthermore, contract for the purchase of assorted water treatment chemicals was awarded at the cost of One Billion, Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Thousand Naira (N1,999,940,000.00). In addition, government released the sum of N23,000,000.00 as assistance to victims of the last chlorine gas explosion that claimed lives of people living around the Laminga Treatment Plant.
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT.
During the year under review, government acquired and distributed 16,470 metric tons of assorted fertilizer to farmers at subsidized rate. The total sum of Two Billion, Fifty Eight Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N2,058,750,000. 00) was used for this purpose to ensure the availability of this essential farm input.
The sum of Eighty Million Naira (N80,000,000. 00) was released to FADAMA III as arrears of Counterpart Fund for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. This has facilitated the opening of a FADAMA Bank in the State, and access to new Project grant for the Potato Value Chain.
To consolidate government’s desire in Human Resource Development and training of Agricultural middle level manpower and extension services as well as enable it meet part of the requirements for the Accreditation of its programs, the sum of Twenty Million Naira (N20,000,000.00) was approved for the College of Agriculture, Garkawa.
In order to guarantee food security as part of the Agricultural Value Chain, Memoranda of Understandings (MOUs) have been signed with some companies for the setting up of storage facilities for fruits and vegetable, milk packaging, diary/pigs, swine genetic center, poultry processing plant etc. The Panyam Fish Farm is also being resuscitated based on MOU signed with SOLBEC Nig. Ltd.
TOURISM, CULTURE AND HOSPITALITY.
In exploring of the great potentials of the State in the Tourism, Culture and Hospitality Industry, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Ministry and reputable Chinese Company (One Belt One Road) for the development of some selected tourist sites in the State such as ROCK International Hotel, Plateau Hotel, Jos Hotel, Jos Wild Life Park and the Solomon Lar Amusement Park. The Jos Wild Life Park has been able to acquire additional Crocodiles, Red-fronted Gazelle, Derby Eland and Dwarf Cattle, beside the replacement of the Lion which was killed as a result of an attempt to escape from the park.
YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT.
This administration has remained faithful to its obligations to the National Youth Service Corps with the timely release of funds for its operations and the provision of facilities at the camp.
There has been continued support to the Plateau United Football Club which was able to gain promotion to the elite division during the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League. Mighty Jets Football Club is also receiving the same attention. Work is also in progress at the Ultra-Modern Stadium along the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Road (Formerly Zaria Road). Work is being intensified and Government is committed to completing the Stadium and to International Standard within the shortest possible time.
Education as potent tool for Human Resource Development and in garnishing our major policy thrusts will continue to be in the front burner of this administration. Following the restoration of stability at the Plateau State University with the overall governance restructuring, the reconstitution at its Governing Council and release of over Three Hundred Million Naira (N300,000,000.00), over 17 courses have been accredited at the Institution. These have led to the University’s graduates to being mobilized for the NYSC Scheme for the first time in the eleven (11) years of the existence of the Institution.
The State Universal Basic Education Board has embarked on the renovation and construction of Basic and Primary Schools across the State. This was made possible with the release of One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00) counterpart which drew over One Billion, Five Hundred Million Naira (N1,500,000,000.00) to the Board.
The Rescue Administration has also remained committed to human Resource Development with the payment of student’s scholarship allowances through the release of over Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000,000.00) for the payment of allowances to students in higher institutions spread across the Country.
The health sector has also received the desired attention. In addition to the aggressive renovation and construction of General Hospital and Cottage Hospitals round the State, the State Primary Health Care Development Agency fully took-off. Other achievements include:
- Procurement of 5 ambulances which have since been distributed to General Hospitals in the State.
- Release of funds to offset surgery bills of 10 children with heart defects.
- Release of Twenty Eight Million and Seventy Three Thousand Naira (N28,073,000.00) for the containment of Lassa Fever outbreak in the State.
- Commencement of full payments of Consolidated Medical Salary Scale Structure (CONMESS) and skipping in career progression for Medical Practitioners, with effect from September 2016 this industrial issue has lingered for close to a decade, but with this it has now been laid to rest.
- Installation of Modern Diagnostic Equipments in the New Government House Clinic, Little Rayfield, Jos.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION.
Within the period under review, the Ministry introduced monthly Press Briefing on the activities of this administration. This is in line with the administration’s desired principle of ensuring accountability, transparency and good governance and the need to carry the people of Plateau along in governance. The Ministry has also signed a One Year Retainer Ship with 5 Media Organizations namely; African Independent Television (AIT), Silver bird Television, Radio Nigeria (Highland FM), Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and unity FM, Jos for effective coverage of Government activities and dissemination of information to the public. During the year also, the state played the historical Role of Piloting the Switch-over from analogue to Digital Television Broadcasting. Over 200,000 pieces of set top boxes were distributed to the people of the state.
THE 2017 BUDGET ESTIMATE.
Mr. Speaker, Honorable members, having recounted the journey so far and the successes we have recorded under the Budget of Rescue and Hope, in spite of its late commencement, our people have confidence that we will deliver more of the dividends of democracy in the 2017 Budget. On assumption of duty we met a virtually hopeless situation and disillusioned people and rekindled hope in them, in the midst of limited resources and competing demands. If we were able to move on this rescue mission and gave hope as promised and demonstrated, it is only auspicious that we instill and build further confidence in terms of service delivery as we move into the mid-term of the administration by May 2017.
Accordingly, Mr. Speaker and Honorable members, it is now my honour to present to you the 2017 Budget, which is tagged “BUDGET OF RESCUE AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING”. In this way, we will be building on the confidence of the people and that their hearts should not despair or be troubled as we adjust to new normal, build a new socio-economic and political compact that will create opportunities for every Plateau citizen who desires to lead a meaningful and productive life.
The 2017 proposed budget has a total size of One Hundred and Thirty Two Billion, Seven Hundred and Two Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Six Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety Five Naira (N132,702,296,295.00) only. The estimate is less than the approved budget for the 2016 fiscal year with the sum of Thirteen Billion, Nine Hundred and Ninety Three Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty Eight Thousand, Eight Hundred and Twenty Three Naira (N13,993,888,823.00) only. The drop in the estimate is as a result of continuous fall in the revenue accruing from the Federal Allocation arising from the fall in prize of oil as well as the oil output due to crisis in the oil region. This therefore means, we need to make realistic projections to reflect the current economic realities.
The Projected Recurrent Revenue is estimated at Seventy Five Billion, Five Hundred and Fifteen Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty One Naira (N75,515,760,951.00) only. This consist of Seventeen Billion, Eight Hundred and Fifteen Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty One Naira (N17,815,760,951.00) only as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and Fifty Seven Billion, Seven Hundred Million naira (N57,700,000,000.00) only as Revenue from the Federal Government including Twenty Billion Naira (N20,000,000,000.00) as Re-imbursement from the Federal Government.
The Budget Estimate is made up of a Capital Receipt of Fifty Six Billion, Eight Hundred and Two Million, Seven Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety Eight Naira (N56,802,716,398.00), consisting of Nine Billion and Nine Million Naira (N9,009,000,000.00) as Value Added, Twenty Five Billion Naira (N25,000,000,000.00) Refunds from Parish Club Loan deductions, Three Billion, Five Hundred and Sixty Five Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty Three Thousand Naira (N3,565,783,000.00) Draw Downs from Donor Agencies and Two Billion, Nine Hundred and Seventy Two Million, Nine Hundred and Ten Thousand, Five Hundred and Nine Naira (N2,972,910,509.00) for Grants and Contributions from the Federal Governments and World Bank Assisted Projects.
The budget also has a deficit financing amount of Sixteen Billion, Five Hundred and Eighty Seven Million, Eight Hundred and Forty One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty Five Naira (N16,587,841,835.00) only, which will be drawn from both internal and external sources to augment the revenue.
RECURRENT EXPENDITURE ESTIMATE.
The 2016 budget has a Recurrent Expenditure estimate of Sixty Eight Billion, Four Hundred and Twenty Two Million, Six Hundred and Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty Eight Naira (N68,422,607,288.00) only, representing 51.56% of the total budget Estimate. The recurrent expenditure estimate which is less than that of 2016 with 6.69% is made up of the followings:
Personnel Cost Estimate – Twenty Three Billion, Nine Hundred and Fourteen Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty Seven Thousand and Twenty One Naira (N23,914,887,021.00).
Overhead Cost Estimate – Twenty Five Billion, Four Hundred and Fifty Seven Million, Seven Hundred and Twenty Thousand Two Hundred and Sixty Seven Naira (N25,457,720,267.00).
Consolidated Revenue Fund charges – Nineteen Billion, Twenty Million Naira (N19,20,000,000.00)
This Present Administration will continue to accord priorities to salary Payments, clearance of Pensions and Gratuities as well as the release of overheads to Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for effective service delivery by workers.
CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ESTIMATE.
Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members, the Proposed Capital Expenditure Estimate for the 2017 Fiscal Year is Sixty Four Billion, Two Hundred and Seventy Nine Million, Six Hundred and Eighty Nine Thousand, Seven Naira (N64,279,689,007.00) only, representing 48.44 percent of total budget estimate. This is also less than the 2016 approved estimate with N9,091,385,953.00 or 12.39 percent. The breakdown of the Capital Estimate based on sectors is as follows:
ADMINISTRATION: Has an allocation of Thirteen Billion, Six Hundred and Sixty One Million, One Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty Eight Naira (N13,661,129,728.00) representing 21.25%.
ECONOMIC SECTOR: Has an allocation of Thirty Billion, Three Hundred and Twenty Three Million, One Hundred and Eight Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty Eight Naira (N30,323,108,738.00) representing 47.17%.
SOCIAL SECTOR: Has an allocation of Nineteen Billion, Five Hundred and Eighty Two Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty One Naira (N19,582,452,541.00) representing 30.47%.
LAW AND JUSTICE SECTOR: Has Seven Hundred and Twelve Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand Naira only (N712,998,000.00) representing 1.11%.
At this juncture Mr. Speaker, I present the Sub-Sectorial breakdown of the 2017 budget for better comprehension.
This administration is determined to funding the activities of Education which is very vital to economic growth. To this end, the sum of Eleven Billion, Nine Hundred and Fifteen Million, Six Hundred and Sixty Six Thousand and One Naira (N11,915,666,001.00) representing 18.54% of the capital estimate in the 2017 fiscal year is allocated in the budget. Out of this amount, the sum of One Billion Naira (N1,000,000,000.00) is earmarked for the completion of renovation work of Fifteen Secondary Schools (5 in each of the Three Senatorial Zones). Renovation of Technical College, Bukuru is allocated the sum of Twenty Five Million Naira (N25,000,000.00). The three Science Schools under renovation at Kuru, Mangun and Shendam are allocated the sum of Three Hundred Million Naira (N300,000,000.00) for their completion, while Five Hundred Million Naira (N500,000,000.00) is for equipping the renovated schools.
The sum of One Billion, Five Hundred Million Naira (N1,500,000,000.00) is allocated as counterpart fund for the renovation of Primary and Basic Schools and the provision of desk and chairs across the state. Furthermore, in our bid to improve the standard of higher institutions, the sum of Five Billion, Eight Hundred and Ninety Seven Million, Nine Hundred and Seventy Seven Thousand Naira (N5,897,977,000.00) is earmarked for building of Administrative Block, Faculties of Arts and Social Science, Library Complex, Multipurpose Hall, ICT Center, Health and Agricultural Sciences, Life Sciences as well as the construction of Road Network at the Plateau State University, Bokkos.
Plateau State Polytechnic Barkin Ladi has the sum of Four Hundred and Sixty Three Million Naira (N463,000,000.00) allocated for the building of Entrepreneurial Centers, Landscaping, Building and Renovation of Hostels and Staff Quarters and provision of other facilities. Also the College of Education, Gindiri has an Allocation of Five Hundred and One Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Three Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty Eight Naira (N501,943,288.00) as its Capital estimate for land compensation, perimeter fencing, Landscaping and provision of the other faculties. In the same vein, the College of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies Kurgwi has an Allocation of Two Hundred and Seventy Two Million, four Hundred and Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Nineteen Naira (N272,404,419.00) in the Budget for Construction of Hostels, Construction of Administrative Blocks, Renovation of Building and Part Fencing of the College. Most critical too, Government will remain committed to the payment of scholarship allowances to students in Tertiary Institutions to reduce the burden on parents.
In our efforts to provide efficient Health Delivery Service to the Citizen of the state, the sum of Four Billion, Three Hundred and Seventy One Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Three Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty Six Naira (N4,371,943,726.00) only representing 6.80 percent has been allocated for the 2017 fiscal year. This is in realization of the on-going massive renovation work at the various General and Cottage Hospitals and the completion of construction work at the new General Hospitals in Riyom, Kanke and Mabudi. In addition, the upgrading of General Hospitals Langtang and Pankshin will be given the desired attention with the sum of Four Hundred and Forty Eight Million, Two Hundred and Twenty Eight Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixteen Naira (N448,228,416.00) allocated in the Budget. The sum of Eight Hundred Million (N800,000,000.00) is earmarked for the procurement of Medical Equipment and Furnishing of Secondary Health Care Facilities in the State. A National Health Insurance Scheme for the State Civil Servant will soon be implemented, while a Drug Distribution Center to serve as a machinery for the control and regulation of Drugs in the State will be established, with the sum of N150,000,000.00 set for the procurement of the Drugs in that regard.
For effective Primary Health Care delivery in the state, the Primary Heath Care Development Agency has taken off. Consequently, the sum of Four Hundred and Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N412,500,000.00) has been earmarked for the renovation of Primary Health Care (PHC) Clinic in all the Local Government, acquisition of Solar Energy and Power Bank for three PHC centers per Local Government area, as well as the procurement of Ten (10) Hilux Vehicles for distribution of drugs to PHC Clinics around the State and the acquisition of Freezers for the storage of Drugs. Furthermore, we shall intensify our efforts towards the promotion of preventive of Health Care, side by side the curative measures in collaboration with our development partners to strengthen the control of HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis, Polio, Malaria, Measles and other childhood killer diseases.
In addition, the total sum of Three Hundred and Ninety Nine Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N399,700,000.00) has been allocated to the three Health Institutions in the State that is, Colleges of Health Technology Zawan and Pankshin and College of Nursing and Midwifery, Vom.
WATER RESOURCES AND ENERGY.
Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members, we are aware of the fact that a lot of resources have been sunk into the sub-sector in the past but without any meaningful results. There will be a serious overhaul of the sub-sector to ensure that our people have portable water both at rural areas and in the township. Accordingly, the sum of One Billion, Nine Hundred and Six Million, Nine Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira Only (N1,906,910,000.00) has been estimated for this purpose in the Budget. In realization of the huge resources being invested in this sub-sector, the State Government will do everything humanly possible to ensure that there is stable and potable water supply to our people through the acquisition of enough water treatment chemicals.
In addition, the Plateau Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agencies (PRUWASSA) has been allocated Three Hundred and Twenty Five Million, Four Hundred and Thirty Seven Thousand, Nine Hundred and Eighty Four Naira (N325,437,984.00) as counterpart contribution to UNICEF for the construction of boreholes in Riyom and Shendam LGAs.
On Energy and Power supply, there will also be massive electrification of towns and villages along the 33KV and 11KV lines to enable our people to enjoy the national Greed.
WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION.
Mr. Speaker and Honorable members, as a condition for Socio-Economic Development of the State and confidence building in governance and social services delivery, Government has already invested so much in this sub-section. Our attention will still be geared towards the completion of on-going road projects and the commencement of key once.
To this end, the sum of Sixteen Billion four hundred and eight million Naira (N16,408,000,00.00) only is provided for the provision of infrastructures within the rural and urban areas of the State. Some of the major roads earmarked for completion in 2017 fiscal Year include:
- Foron – Barkin Kogi – Kadunu Gindiri Road
- Gunji – Shiwer – Dopkai with spur to Tiplik
- Jos-Maza – Angware – Buyo Road
- Building of Flyover and interchange, including underpasses at old Secretariat Junction
- Reconstruction and Resurfacing of Maraban Jama`a and British American Junction Road.
- Europharm – Dyei & Zarmaganda – Mazaram Road.
- Pankshin – Lankan – Dyis – Sihin Road with Spur to Asa / Akong
- Dualization of Old Airport Junction – Rayfield – Bukuru with Spur to Dogon Karfe – Kugiya – Mbandang – New Government House, Jos.
- Tahoss – Rim – Bachit Road.
- Construction of Dong – Rantiya – Gyel Road
- Building of Shendam – Kalong – Shimankar Bridge.
- Construction of Kufang – Wildlife Park with spur – Domkat Bali & Bitrus Rwang Pam Roads.
Also, the State Government has advertised for the construction of 16 new roads within the State. These will commence during the fiscal year and include:
- Maraban-Demshin-Shimankar road with Spur to Shargan-Angwan Rina-Angwan Dadi-Kalong-Nyak
- Dokan Tofa-Baáp-Kurgwi road with Spur to Lardang-Bwal-Kwoor-Tim
- Shinkwam-Tungkus (Shendam Bye Pass) road
- Wase-Kadarko-Dadin Kowa road
- Dengi-Bashar-Gajin Bashar
- Kpsho-Chakurum-Kogom-Vwang with Spur to Vom Vet;
- Bet-Dorowa-Mazat-Kuba with Spur to Nding;
- Tasho-Ganawuri with Spur to Dahreng;
- Fobur-Naton-Fursa-Maijuju-Zandi road;
- Wase-Mavo-Gimbi road;
- Lohmak-Gazum with Spur to Kumkwam;
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRIES.
The State Government is committed to improving commercial activities in the state. To this end, the sum of four Billion, Ninety Nine Million Six Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Naira (N4,099,675,000.00) has been estimated in the budget for this sub- sector.
The sum of Five Hundred Million Naira (N500,000,000.00) is for the completion of the cassava processing plant; One Billion Naira (N1,000,000,000.00) is for the acquisition of BARC farms that was sold out some years back. The sum of One Hundred Million Naira (N100,000,000.00) is allocated for the completion of Foron Fertilizer Blending plant, while that of Bokkos will be reactivated.
The State Micro-Finance Development Agency, which was recently created is allocated the sum of One Billion, Six Hundred and Twenty Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,620,300,000.00) for its effective take off in the year’s budget. This will encourage the establishment of small and medium scale Industries in the State, thereby reducing poverty and encouraging self-reliance among Plateau people.
The State Government under the Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement will be reconstructing the burnt down Jos Main Market, which used to be a major revenue earner for the State. Traders will also be encouraged to patronize the completed Rukuba Road Satellite Market to give way at the terminus area for the construction work to commence. Already, a transaction Advisor has been appointed for this purpose and the short listing of Prospective Developers completed.
The Jos International Breweries (JIB) and the Highland Bottling Company Barkin Ladi will also be reactivated through the PPP arrangement during the fiscal year.
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT.
Agriculture is one of our most strategic New Normal and area of discriminating competences against the dwindling oil revenue. In our efforts to provide food security, sufficiency and employment to our teeming populace, the sum of five Billion, one Hundred and Seventy Nine Million Eighty Six Thousand Naira (N5,179,866,000.00) representing 10 percent of the total estimate has been allocated to this sub-sector. The State will be spending the sum of One Billion, five Hundred Million Naira (N1,500,000,000) on fertilizer subsidy, while One Billion, Two Hundred Billion Naira (N1,200,000,000) is allocated for subsidy on Tractors procurement, which will be distributed to farmers. The sum of Five Hundred Million Naira Only (N500,000,000.00) has been allocated for general livestock development in the State.
A memorandum of understanding (MOUs) has been signed with Greenlands Integrated Agribusiness Limited for storage and packaging of fruits and milky poultry processing plant, as well as SOLBEL Limited for the resuscitation of the long abandoned Panyam Fish Farm with Two Hundred Million Naira Only (N200,000,000.00) as Government contribution.
In addition, the Plateau State Agricultural Mechanization Services Corporation has an allocation of Two Hundred and Ninety Three Million (N293,000,000.00) in the budget. The College of Agriculture Garkawa is allocated Three Hundred and Seventy Six Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N376, 500,000.00) and Plateau Agricultural Development Programme (PADP) is given an allocation of Four Hundred and Twenty Seven Million, Six Hundred and Eighty Three Thousand Naira (N427,683,000.00) for their various agricultural programs in the State.
LANDS AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.
This sub- sector is allocated the sum of three Billion, Four Hundred and Six Million, Seventy Two Thousand, Two Hundred and Thirty Eight Naira (N3,406,072,238.00) in the budget. With the commissioning of the Plateau Geographic Information system (PLAGIS) and the reduction by 50% of cost of Land title, more revenue will be generated for the State.
The Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB) is allocated the sum of Five Hundred and Seventy Six Million (N576, 000,000.00) for the rehabilitation of Urban roads in Jos/Bukuru metropolis and allocation for the procurement of One (1) Lowbed and One (1) Excavator. Also, township roads under construction and new ones to be initiated are captured in the budget estimate. The sum of One Billion, Eight Hundred and Seventy Million Naira (N1,870,000,000.00) has been allocated for urban roads, namely,
- Completion of Akila Machunga (Utonkon – Keana ) Road with spur to Abattoir.
- Jenta Adamu with spur to Jenta Mangoro, Kabon and Tudun Wada.
- PIPC Quarters Road – Anglo Jos – Domkat Bali road with spur to Channel Seven.
- Kabong Satellite Market-Tudun Wada with spur to Mado Tourist Hotel and Sabon Gari.
- Angwan Rogo, Dualization of Zaria Crescent and Tafawa Balewa Road.
- Jos Bye-Pass Roads, Development and Designs.
The Directorate of Fire Service is allocated the Sum of Five Hundred and Fifty Eight Million, One Hundred and Seventy Seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Twenty Naira (N558,177,320.00) in the budget for the procurement of Five (5) Brand New Mercedes Benz Foam Tanker Vehicles with 5,000 Liters Water and 500 Liters Foam. The completion of the building of Fire Service Headquarters and fire stations in Bassa Areas remain priority of the administration in the fiscal year.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION.
To ensure efficient information management and dissemination, the sum of One Billion, One Hundred and Seventy Six Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty Five Naira (N1,176,275,225.00) is allocated to the Sector. Out of this amount, the Plateau State Radio Television Corporation (PRTVC) has an allocation of Two Hundred and Forty Five Million, Four Hundred and Six Thousand Naira (N245,406,000.00) for the installation of Solar Power/Inverter and the building of permanent studio.
Plateau Printing Press (PPP) has an estimate of Three Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety Four Thousand, One Hundred and Seventy Six Naira (N332,994,176.00) in the budget for the installation of the newly acquired machines, renovation of building complex and procurement of other machines like Computer to plate, Jogging Machines, Numbering and Perforating Machines. We will ensure that the machines procured are put to use by the agency.
Plateau Publishing Corporation (PPC) has an allocation of Five Hundred and Thirty Six Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Naira (N536,900,000.00) in the budget estimate. This amount will care of the J.D. Gomwalk House and Standard Building and the bulk procurement of consumables and vehicles for the distribution of their products. Just like in PPP, necessary measures will be put in place to Commissioning of the newly acquired machines into effective use.
TOURISM, CULTURE AND HOSPITALITY.
As a major source of revenue to the state, the sub-sector will be given necessary attention in this budget. The sum of Three Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Five Hundred Million Naira (N332,500,000,000) is estimated in the budget for the completion of Indoor Theatre and the Expansion and Rehabilitation of Jos Wild Life Park. In addition, the Government is going into Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement with a Chinese company to resuscitate Jos Hotel, Plateau Hotel, Solomon Lar Amusement Park and The Rock International Hotel. Once this is done with peace being sustained on the Plateau, the State will be a destination for Tourists.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND MINERAL DEVELOPMENT.
The state is committed to keeping a healthy environment while the exploration of her abundant mineral resources are done. To this end, the sum of One Billion, One Hundred and Fifty Nine Million, Nine Hundred and Eighty Six Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty Five Naira (N1,159,986,485.00) is estimated in the proposed 2017 Budget; Of this amount, Four Hundred and Fifty Severn Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N457,500,000) is allocated for Environmental Protection (Erosion Control) and the procurement of solid waste Trucks as well as the resuscitation of nurseries in the state. Dump sites will also be acquired and developed for the dumping of refuse at Mista-Ali and Nyango-Gyel. The monthly sanitation exercise will be sustained.
The sum of Five Hundred and Eighty Three Million (N583,000,000.00) is estimated for the Mineral Development in the state, with the sum of Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000,000) estimated for the Recapitalization of Plateau Mineral Development Company. We shall continue to partner with Foreign Partners to improve our Investment Profiles in Mineral Resources.
WOMEN, YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT.
This Administration is very concerned about this sub-sector and desirous of creating more opportunities for Women Development in the State. In view of this, the sum of One Hundred and Thirty Four Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N134,700,000.00) is allocated for Women and Children welfare programs in the Budget.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has an allocation of One Billion, Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N1,450,000,000.00) in the proposed budget. This amount will be used for the completion of NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Completion of works at the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Road, Stadium and Others. For us to sustain the peace we are currently enjoying, we shall continue to support and partner other clubs and societies in the state.
This sub-sector as the engine room of Government harnesses and coordinates the day-to-day activities of the state. It facilitates the activities that enhance productivity and efficiency in the Public Service to achieve set objectives.
To this end, the sum of Nine Billion, Nine Hundred and Forty Million, Four Hundred and Six Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy-One Naira (N9,940,406,271.00) is estimated for this purpose, representing 15.46% of the Capital Budget. For this Government to achieve its 5 Policy Thrust, this sub-sector has to be fully harnessed and the Civil Service have to be fully mobilized with the provision of a conducive working environment.
To further consolidate on the peace now being enjoyed in the state, a Peace Building Agency has been created and is charged with the responsibility of exploring all avenues for inter-religious and inter-ethnic peaceful coexistence. The report of the Committee on the Creation of Districts, Chiefdoms and village Areas will be carefully studied and its recommendations implemented to give our people a sense of belonging in the state.
Let me also mention that in order to ensure efficient administration of Justice in the state, the new High Court Complex under construction will be completed while more Courts that are in dilapidated conditions will be renovated, while conditions of service in this sub sector is enhanced.
COMMITMENT TO THE IDEALS OF BUDGET IMPLIMENTATION AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING.
Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members, let me reiterate that a Budget is a statement of intent on spending and its success depends also on the understanding and cooperation of the Citizens who are the stakeholders and greatest beneficiaries. On the part of Government, we are resolved to implement the budget to the best of our ability as we have demonstrated in the past one year. However, we note that expeditious considerations and passage of the budget will enhance early implementation and improved performance rating that we desire to achieve.
Given the enormous challenges of funds and to maintain strict budget discipline, we have streamlined and prioritized vital projects along our new normal, areas of competitive advantages and consultations that arose from our Town Hall Meetings that will also touch every sector and community. I reiterate our drive and assertiveness to block leakages with a view to improve revenue. Be rest assured that in running our Government on the core value of the fear of God, Justice, pursuit of Peace, and Unity, we will strive to sustain hope and confidence for sustainable growth through this BUDGET OF RESCUE AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING.
Mr. Speaker, Honourable members, this Administration remains committed to living up to the expectation of our people. We shall with a sense of purpose, dutifully pursue the greater good of our people, giving them the service that will enhance their socio-economic well-being and guarantee their place in the Plateau of their dream. Through the estimates in the 2017 budget, we intend to consolidate all sectors of our economy so that good governance is felt by all who reposed confidence in our ability to rescue.
Despite the serious economic recession in the country, our people have demonstrated serious patriotism and understanding. Their sacrifices have left us more burdened not to betray the mandate they have given and for this we are determined to make life better for the citizenry and make a difference.
While urging the Honourable House to diligently peruse and deliberate on the budget, I look forward to speedy consideration and passage of the 2017 Budget to enable us commence implementation and service delivery from onset of the new year. In fact, with your timely scrutiny and passage of the 2017 Budget, the confidence to consolidate on what we have started will be further strengthened. I have no doubt that having demonstrated good team work and competence in Legislative Duties in almost two years of the existence of the 8th Assembly, you will be more than willing to sacrifice time and synergize efforts on this assignment for the good of the people.
While thanking you for your time, I wish to extend my best wishes for meaningful Christmas Celebration and Prosperous New Year in advance.
It is now my Honour to seek the Permission of Mr. Speaker and the Honourable Members of the House to lay the 2017 BUDGET OF RESCUE AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING for Consideration and Passage into Law.
Thank you and God bless Plateau State.
RT. HON. SIMON BAKO LALONG.
Tuesday, 20th December 2016.