Plateau to spend N12.2bn on education in 2019 —Commissioner

Plateau state is to spend N12.2bn on the education sector in 2019.

Commissioner for budget and economic planning, Mr Sylvester Wallangko, said Wednesday in Jos.

Wallangko, on budget breakdown, said that the figure represents 17.94 per cent of the state’s capital expenditure.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state House of Assembly recently passed the 2019 budget of N153.5bn submitted by Gov Simon Lalong last year.

Out of the N153.5bn budget size, N85.4bn, representing 55.37 per cent, will go into recurrent expenditure, while N68.1bn, representing 44.33 per cent, is for capital expenditure.

Wallangko said that the education vote would be deployed into completing ongoing renovation and construction of secondary schools and tertiary institutions.

“Plateau State University, Bokkos, is to be allocated N4.8 billion; the Plateau State Polytechnic will get N818 million, College of Education. Gindiri, N785.5 million, while College of Arts, Science Remedial Studies gets N373.1 million.

“In the same vein, N1.7 billion is provided as matching grant from the state to access grants from Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for the construction/upgrading of educational facilities.

“Government also plans to construct six model secondary schools which will gulp N1billion, earmarked N296 million for payment of scholarship allowances of students studying within and outside the country,’’ he said.

The commissioner also said N500 million was earmarked for the renovation/building of 15 secondary schools, with five to be sited in each of the three senatorial zones.

“Renovation and building of Government Technical College, Bukuru, will take N100 million.’’

Other projects in the sector, Wallangko said, include the construction of eight model primary schools under the Lalong legacy projects at the cost of N500 million. (NAN)

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