Education takes largest share as Kefas presents N311bn budget to Taraba Assembly

Kefas presents budget
Governor Kefas presenting the 2024 budget at the floor of Taraba State House of Assembly

 

By DOMINIC AKPENSUEN, Jalingo-

 

Taraba State Governor, Agbu Kefas has presented 2024 budget of N311, 388, 525, 661. 96 to the state House of Assembly and dedicated the largest portion of the budget to educational sector, with 43,208,278, 849. 29 at (13. 9 percent.)

The budget proposal, which he christened as “the budget of moving forward”., shows that N111.6 billion, representing 39.5 per cent was for recurrent expenditure, while N199.9, representing 64.1 per cent, was for capital expenditure.

Dr. Kefas said education is the bedrock of any progressive society, therefore, a sustainable portion of the 2024 budget is dedicated to education sector.

He stressed that this is to enhance infrastructure in schools, improve teachers training and invest in educational technology to ensure the youth receive the best possible education.

A breakdown of the budget reveals that the health sector received 8.0 percent, Works and Infrastructure Development, 8. 0 percent, Agriculture and Food Security 6.1 percent.

Energy sector received the sum of 6. 5 percent in the total budget, Environment goes with 5. 2 percent, Security 2.9 percent, Finance 10. 9 percent, Commerce, Trade and Industry 2.7 percent.

While ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development got 1.1 percent, Youth and Sports Development 0.8 percent, Cooperative and Poverty Alleviation 0.8 percent, Waste Management 1.0 percent, Water and Aquatic Affairs 2.5 percent, Transportation Development 1.7 percent and others 4.4 percent respectively.

Dr Kefas appealed to members of Taraba State House of Assembly to consider and deliberate on the 2024 budget with the understanding that it represents a collective commitment to the well-being and future of Taraba State.

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