By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The slogan which identifies Plateau state as “home of peace and tourism” might not have been reflected in the 2019 annual budget, because, only 337,900.000.00 million, which represents 0.50 percent has been allocated to the tourism sector from a total size budget of 153 billion naira.
Another sector that has not been given due attention in the 2019 financial year is the judiciary, which has the sum of 1.3 billion, representing 1.52 percent only.
However adequate attention seem to have been given to the health sector, as the sum of 4 billion naira, which represents 6.85 percent, was budgeted for health care delivery.
Kakaaki Reporters uncover this in a 21 page 2019 budget breakdown document delivered on Wednesday during a press conference by the commissioner of finance Mr. Sylvester Wallangko.
The total sum for capital expenditure for 2019 budget amounted to 68 billion, representing 44.33 percent, out of the total size budget of 153 billion naira only was earmarked for projects.
The educational sector received a boost, as the sum of 12 billion naira is allocated to it, representing 17.94 percent earmarked for educational activities this financial year.
Another sector which the 2019 budget favoured was Administration and governance which got the sum of 12 billion naira.
Though the agricultural sector seemed not to have given the desire recognition, only the sum of 2 billion naira, presenting 3.9 percent was allocated to agriculture which is one of the revenue generating and self employment avenue.
Another revenue generating sector which could not be given desire attention “Environment and mineral development” has only 1.3 percent allocated to it, from the 153 billion naira budget for the ongoing year
Housing and urban development got the sum of 5 billion, representing 7.6 percent. It will be recalled that governor Simon Lalong had recently told members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) that a housing scheme for state civil servant is captured in 2019 budget.
Women and youth development have been allocated the sum of 1.9 billion, representing 2.88 percent; while information and communication has 1.4 billion, representing 2.12 percent only.
Addressing Journalists, at the cabinet office, state secretariat, the finance commissioner solicited for the support of all citizens to enable government effectively implement the 2019 budget.
Mr. Wallangko stressed that “for us (government) to be able to implement these strategic and critical developmental projects and programmes contained in the budget, a lot of finance is required.”
Added that “as such, implore on our citizens to cooperate with revenue authorities in the payment of their taxes and other levies, in the mist of this economic challenges.”
The 2019 budget has a total size of 153 billion naira, making an additional increase of seven billion naira from the 2018 budget, which was 146 billion naira.