Plateau State Government is to obtain loan of One Hundred Million Naira, from commercial banks to invest in the education and water sectors. The approval to obtain the bank facility which would be serviced within one year, was made known during the state executive council meeting presided by Governor Simon Lalong.
Briefing Journalists after the state executive council meeting, the Commissioner for Finance, Regina Soemlat stated that the loan is intended to finance counterpart fundings, for the state Universal Basic Education Board and the partnership for expanding water, sanitation and hygiene programmes that will benefit people at the grassroots.
The council also approved the printing of booklets of vehicle licence, certificate of road worthiness and general receipts, which the commissioner explained would be produced in a way that will check forgery.
The Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, Sa’ad Bello explained that four local government areas would benefit from the partnership for expanding water, sanitation and hygiene programme.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang stated that the council also approved the termination of three projects awarded to PW Nigeria Limited, explaining that the contracts were revoked based on request by the company handling the projects and would be re-awarded. The projects include Shinkwan-Tunkus-Shendan bypass, Mangu bypass and the Tahos-Ganwuri section one roads. Adding that council also approved the scaling down of the Lalong legacy projects by fifty percent.
The EXCO also approved the engagement of a consultant to carry out review of the audit report, by the Federal Inland Revenue service on unremitted Tax and VAT by the state MDA’s between 2011 and 2016. Other approvals made by the council were for the supply of five hundred and twenty metric tonnes of assorted fertilizer and assorted seeds, revised estimate of total cost of the construction of Mararaba Damshin-Damshin-Shimankar road.
Francis Lahnim Kusa