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Plateau seeks ₦100m loan for education, water sectors

Plateau State Government is to obtain a loan of ₦100 million from commercial banks to invest in the Education and Water sectors.  

The approval to obtain the bank facility which would be serviced within a year was made during the State Executive Council Meeting presided by Governor Simon Lalong

Briefing journalists after the meeting, Commissioner for Finance, Ms. Regina Soemlat said 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 license, Certificate of Road Worthiness and general receipts which the commissioner explained that they would be produced in a way that will check forgery.

Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, Sa’ad Bello explained that four Local Government would benefit from the Partnership for Expanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme.

Also during the briefing, Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang said the council also approved the termination of 3 projects awarded to PW Nigeria Limited; Shinkwan-Tunkus-Shendan bypass, Mangu bypass and the Tahos-Ganwuri section one road projects respectively, explaining that the contracts were revoked based on a request by the company handling the projects and would be re-awarded.

The EXCO also  approved the engagement of a consultant to carry out review of the audit report by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on unremitted Tax and VAT by the State’s Ministries Departments and Agencies between 2011—2016.

Other approvals made by the council were for the supply of 520 metric tones of assorted fertilisers and assorted seeds, revised estimate of total cost of construction of Mararaba Damshin-Damshin-Shimankar Road.

Koptang Dakop

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