In a bid to chart a path towards lasting peace, prosperity, and development in Plateau State, Governor Caleb Mutfwang has unveiled a proposed budget estimate of N295 billion for the 2024 fiscal year.
The governor made the announcement during a plenary session at the Plateau State House of Assembly complex in Jos on Tuesday.
The 2024 budget, tagged the “Budget of New Beginning,” is designed to allocate N157.5 billion to recurrent expenditure and N137.8 billion to capital expenditure. This represents an increase of N145.5 billion compared to the 2023 approved budget, highlighting the government’s commitment to advancing the state’s growth and development.
Governor Mutfwang outlined the key areas of focus for the budget, emphasizing the administration’s vision and mission. He said, “The 2024 total budget size shows an increase of N145,483,233,873.00 only over the 2023 approved budget. The budget is aimed at laying a solid foundation for the Peace and Prosperity of Plateau State.”
He further elaborated on the government’s strategic priorities, stating, “The vision and mission of the present administration are to intervene in the area of security, agriculture, human capital development, public health, industrialization, and aggressive revenue generation.”
Expressing gratitude to the people of Plateau State for their continued support, Governor Mutfwang assured them that his administration was unwavering in its commitment to repositioning the state for the benefit of all residents.
In his address to the state lawmakers, the governor urged them to expedite the process of passing the 2024 budget into law to facilitate the timely implementation of people-oriented projects.
He stated, “I have directed all heads of MDAs to fully cooperate and comply with their various dates of budget defense and also to provide any relevant information that could facilitate the discussion. As I have always maintained, justice, equity, and fairness shall continually be our watchwords.”
The Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Moses Sule, presided over the plenary session and offered assurances that the lawmakers would thoroughly review and pass the budget in the best interests of the people. The collaboration between the executive and legislative branches of government reflects a shared commitment to the development and progress of Plateau State.