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Plateau Govt To Spend N13.8B On Tourism And Sports In 2014

Agabus Pwanagba, Jos

In its efforts to transform the tourism sector and reduce youth restiveness, the Plateau State Government has earmarked the sum of N13, 863, 614, 800 billion for Sports and Tourism sectors in its 2014 budget.

Plateau state governor Jonah Jang

Plateau state governor Jonah Jang

The State’s Commissioner of Finance, Davou Mang, disclosed this figure in Jos on Friday while giving the breakdown of the 2014 budget

His words, “To boost the tourism sector, the sum of N4, 000, 000, 000 billion has been allocated for the complete turn-around of Plateau Hotels, Jos into a 5-star Hotel.

“While the sum of N150, 000, 000 million is for the upgrading of Solomon Lar Amusement Park. The sum of N474, 496, 000 is approved for the completion of Luka Bentu indoor theatre.

While the State’s Tourism Corporation is allocated the sum of N2, 000, 000, 000 billion to expand and rehabilitate Jos Wildlife Park, by providing modern cages/ enclosures, guard post, fencing, grading of safari tracts and veterinary clinic.

Mang further stated that the present administration in the State is determined to complete the Ultra modern stadium construction ongoing in Jos and road network within the stadium complex, which the sum of N5, 563, 614, 800 billion has been earmarked for the project.

The Finance Commissioner added that, N2, 000, 000, 000 billion has been appropriated for construction of an indoor sports complex, while the sum of N150, 000, 000 million is set aside for the procurement of land and site plan for an international sports academy in the State.

He assured that the budget will be properly monitored by individual MDAs and other project monitoring systems already in place, to ensure execution and completion of programmes.



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