The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has presented a budget of N160bn for 2022 before the state Assembly.

While presenting the budget on Thursday, the Governor said the 2022 proposed Appropriation Bill is tailored towards the completion of on-going projects and activation of new ones.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Governor Lalong Presents 2022 Appropriation Bill of 106 billion naira to House of Assembly’, released by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Makut Macham.

According to the Governor, the proposed 2022 budget estimate consists of N76,263,701,644.62 only as recurrent expenditure representing 71.4% of the total budget while N30,543,565,997.50 is earmarked as capital estimate representing 28.6% of the total budget.

This, according to him, indicates a decrease of N40,730,552,208, 88 on the 2021 total approved budget.

Governor Lalong said, “In addition to continuing work on completing on-going infrastructure projects across the three Senatorial Districts of the State, we intend to break ground on new ones.

“Among them is the construction of the British-American Junction Flyover and dualization to Lamingo Junction Roundabout.

“Similarly we shall carry out the design of the Master Plan for some selected urban areas in Plateau State namely,(Heipang, Mangu and Shendam).”

The Governor stated that his administration hopes to establish a microfinance development fund to assist Micro and Small Scale Enterprises.

“I also wish to also re-assure this Honourable House and indeed the citizens of Plateau State, that the Legacy Projects will be completed and delivered as envisaged. Government is doing everything possible to ensure that the people enjoy the benefits of those projects” he added.

In his response, Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Abok Ayuba said the House will look at the budget critically and do justice to it in the interest of the citizens of the State.