Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang has proposed a budget of more than N228 billion to the State House of Assembly for the year for 2014.
Dubbed the “Budget of Continuity and Inclusive Growth IV,” the budget will focus on the completion of on-going projects and programmes, he said.
The budget is about N100 billion more than last year’s.
Jang said the funds would enable his administration secure our position the state as the “home of peace and tourism,” provide equal opportunity for all persons regardless of ethnicity, religion and political affiliation as well as transforming and securing the livelihood of the people.
“It is out of our deep desire to succeed in this direction that we have strategically placed this budget, considering that it is the last full budget that our Redemption Administration will be implementing. It therefore makes it incumbent on us to push harder towards reaching our set goals as a government,” he said.
While reviewing the 2013 budget, Jang claimed that Plateau people were proud of the many achievements of his administration in recent years, adding however that his administration was not about to rest on its oars, seeing that it is abiding commitment that had helped the administration to achieve what it had.
“While the progress of recent years is a record on which the people of Plateau State can be proud of, it is not a record on which we are prepared to rest. As a government, we are committed to moving on.
“The success we have recorded so far has come not only from strong growth, but an abiding commitment to strong values, which has to do with an insistence that we are duty bound to transform the economy and reposition it on the path of progress and development.”
In his response, the Speaker of the House, Titus Alams, assured that the House would work hard to ensure a speedy passage of the budget and its bit to ensure that it is properly executed.