Some protesters burnt the houses of public officials in the state on Tuesday.
Only seven out of the twenty four members of the Plateau State House of Assembly were present, Thursday, when Governor Jonah Jang presented the 2013 budget to lawmakers.
The absence of the other seventeen legislators is believed to be a result of the protests earlier held by local government workers at the House of Assembly complex.
It is not clear if the seven members present were enough to form a quorum, but Mr. Jang presented a budget of N133.5 billion amidst tight security.
“Mr. Speaker, Hon. Members, the proposed 2013 budget which is christened, “Budget of Continuity and Inclusive growth III” has a total budget size of One Hundred and Thirty-three Billion, Four Hundred and Fifty Nine Million, One Hundred and Seventy-Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Three Naira only (N133,459,176,903.00),” the governor said while presenting the budget.
“This is made up of Forty-eight Billion, Three Hundred and Seventy Million, Three Hundred and Five Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety Naira (N48,370,305,790.00) as Recurrent Expenditure and Eighty-Five Billion, Eighty-eight Million, Eight Hundred and Seventy-one Thousand, One Hundred and Thirteen Naira only (N85,088,871,113.00) as Capital Expenditure,” he added.
“These estimates may appear ambitious, but we are positive that with our renewed vigour in internal revenue mobilisation and generation, prudent utilization of resources and commitment towards achieving our vision, we will achieve the targets set out in the budget,” Mr. Jang added.
Protesting workers chased
Earlier, protesting workers at the Plateau State House of Assembly Complex were chased away by security operatives.
The operatives fired rubber bullets to chase away the workers and officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress
from the entrance of the Assembly Complex.
The protesting workers had shown their determination to stop the planned presentation of the 2013 budget by the state governor to the lawmakers.
Some of protesters sustained various levels of injuries while running away from the gunshots. The injured are being treated at the Plateau Specialist Hospital in Jos.
Plateau workers led by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, are protesting the non-resolution of workers grievances by the state government. Local Government workers in Plateau have been on strike for about seven months demanding the implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wage.
The NLC joined the strike on Tuesday, thereby bringing the state to total paralysis.
Read our earlier stories below
The Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, John Clark, was whisked away by security agents in a private car for safety midday on Thursday.
Other lawmakers also deserted the Assembly Complex for fear of being attacked by protesting workers.
Plateau workers led by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, are protesting the non-resolution of workers grievances by the state government. Local Government workers in Plateau have been on strike for about seven months demanding the implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wage. The NLC joined the strike on Tuesday, thereby bringing the state to total paralysis.
The 2013 budget presentation by the state governor, Jonah Jang, to the Assembly was earlier fixed for 11 a.m. on Thursday. The protesting workers, however, ensured that the presentation did not hold as scheduled.
More security personnel have now been sent to the area. The situation has created a tense atmosphere and heavy traffic build-up in some parts of the state capital, Jos.
Meanwhile, NLC state officials are still at the entrance of the Assembly complex insisting that the budget will not be presented until the workers’ demands are met.
Read our earlier story below
Striking workers in Plateau State, Thursday, stopped the 2013 budget presentation by the Executive to the State House of Assembly.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, Tuesday, joined the striking Local Government workers in the state. The local government workers had been on strike for about 7 months demanding the full implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wage.
Reports also indicate that the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Barko, was manhandled by the protesting workers on Thursday morning.
Some protesters had, Tuesday, burnt the homes of three public officials including a commissioner during the protest.