Plateau State Executive Council (EXCO) has approved a proposed budget estimate of N139.3 to be sent to the State House of Assembly for passage into law as a 2023 appropriation.
The State Executive Council agreed on the budget proposal during an Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Simon Bako Lalong.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Commissioner for Information and Communication Hon. Dan Manjang said the proposed budget has a capital expenditure proposal of 61.7 billion nairas and 77.6 as recurrent expenditure.
He said the budget which has an increase of about 37 percent over the 2022 approved budget will be transmitted to the House of Assembly for Legislative action on a date to be fixed.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mr. Peter Lamba who stood in for Mr. Dan Hirkop, Commissioner for Budget and Planning said the increment was necessitated by the ongoing recruitment and replacement of workers in the State.
Lamba said the increase also took note of inflation, other indices, and the need to ensure the completion of critical projects.
The State Executive Council also expressed delight as Plateau hosts the flag-off of the APC Presidential Campaigns scheduled to take place on November 15th.
It also expressed shock over the demise of Her Excellency Ngo Lydia Bot-Mang, wife of the former Deputy Governor of Plateau State Chief Michael Bot-Mang who died recently as well as the former Chairman of Mangu Local Government Hon. Lawrence Danat.