As the workers in his state have downed their tools because of the disagreement over the minimum wage, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has presented the 2013 budget christened: “Budget of Continuity and Inclusive Growth” with a total size of N133,459,176,903.00.
While presenting the budget before the Plateau State House of Assembly, Governor Jang said the budget was made up of N48,370,305,790.00 as recurrent expenditure and N85,088,871,113.00 as capital expenditure. According to him, government is positive about achieving set goals with the renewed vigour in internal revenue mobilisation and generation and prudent utilisation of resources.
The governor pointed out that N7,422,015,834.00 was allocated to the education sector. Of this amount, he said the renovation and equipping of five schools in each of the three senatorial zones would cost N5, 740,191,581.00. He noted that the renovation of the Technical College, Bukuru would cost N394,188,324.00 while three science schools would be renovated and constructed in each senatorial zone at a total sum of N1,049,435,925.00.
However, the presentation of the budget, which was supposed to commence by 10.00 a.m, was delayed till 2.00 p.m as striking workers barricaded part of the road leading to the assembly having got wind that the governor would be at the assembly for the presentation of the budget. But at about 1.30 p.m, anti-riot policemen deployed to the assembly released a volley of gunshots and teargas to pave the way for the governor.