Obaseki presents N146 bil­lion, Al-makura pro­poses N123b 2018 bud­get es­ti­mates

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Alemma-ozioruva Aliu (Benin City) and Abel Abo­gonye (Lafia)

EDO State Gover­nor, God­win Obaseki yes­ter­day pre­sented N146b 2018 bud­get es­ti­mate to the House of Assem­bly say­ing, gov­ern­ment has cre­ated 30,000 jobs of the 200,000 jobs promised in the first four years of his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He said his gov­ern­ment also re­or­gan­ised pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem, traf­fic con­trol agency thereby eas­ing the flow of traf­fic in Benin City, the state cap­i­tal.

“The state gov­ern­ment en­gaged 650 peo­ple in the Edo State Traf­fic Man­age­ment Agency (EDSTMA). Th­ese cour­te­ous but firm and very well trained men have in­tro­duced san­ity in the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion in Edo State.

“We have also com­pleted the de­signs of bus ter­mi­nals and we are con­fi­dent that the con­struc­tion of the Cen­tral Benin City Bus Ter­mi­nal will com­mence in the first quar­ter of 2018. We are tak­ing de­liv­ery of 75 new com­muter busses to re­stock the fleet of our Com­rade Busses very soon,” he said.

Obaseki noted that the state gov­ern­ment cre­ated 30,000 jobs in the last one year, adding that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the jobs were drawn from the over 190,000 un­em­ployed per­sons reg­is­tered un­der the Edo Jobs Ini­tia­tive.

He listed the sec­tors from where the 30,000 jobs were cre­ated to in­clude Edo SEEFOR project where 9,000 per­sons were en­gaged.

Mean­while, Nasarawa State Gover­nor Umaru Tanko Al-makura, has pro­posed N123b ap­pro­pri­a­tion bill for 2018, as against the 2017 bud­get of N67b.

The bud­get of sus­tain­abil­ity, as the gover­nor called it, shows an in­crease of N31 bil­lion above the 2017 fis­cal doc­u­ment.

Pre­sent­ing the bud­get to the state House of Assem­bly, Al-makura as­sured the Balarabe Ibrahim-led house that his gov­ern­ment would fo­cus on projects that would have a di­rect im­pact on the peo­ple.

De­tails of the bud­get shows that cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture re­ceived N45b, rep­re­sent­ing 38 per cent, while the cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture got N71b or 58 per

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