Friday, September 26, 2014

Plateau State Government budgets N442m for plates, spoons

Wait o N442 millon for plates, spoons and "other items"?? This is just outrageous!!

The Plateau State Government which has less than six months to the end of its administration has sent a supplementary budget of N23.4bn to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

In the proposed budget, they plan to spend N442,289,600.00 on supply and fixing of curtains, blinds, customised cutleries and other items at the new Government House. The contract would be awarded to a foreign firm.

Road networks, purchase of official vehicles and other projects at the new Government House at Little Rayfield are also expected to gulp N4.2bn.

Other items to be covered by the supplementary budget are procurement of a Toyota Land Cruiser model vehicle for the Chief Judge of Plateau State, at the cost of N25,625,675.68 and a Toyota Corolla for the Chief Registrar, Plateau State Judiciary, at the cost of N7,545,398,68.

Also, the completion of existing road projects all over the state, the office of the SSG at the new Government House and provision of infrastructure and office equipment at the new office of the Board of Internal revenue is expected to gulp N13bn, while N1.5bn was budgeted to the state water board.

The rest of the estimates computed and collated from all ministries, agencies and departments of government were put at N12,400,979,524.00.

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Olivia Dazem, said that the budget was born out of the need to complete existing projects before the exit of the present administration.

She said, "In view of the need to meet additional developmental efforts of the present administration in project execution, a supplementary budget in respect of some ministries, agencies and departments have become very necessary."

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