Central province passes 2018 budget

By JOE GURINA

The Central provincial government has allocated more funding into the economic sector in its budget for the 2018 financial year.

The sector received an overwhelming amount of K 2, 050, 000 from the K 206, 032, 424 budget delivered by the Governor of the province Robert Agarobe during a budget lockup session at the provincial headquarters in Konedobu, Port Moresby last week.

Governor Agarobe said that the reason for more funding into the economic sector was to drive the province forward.

He said: “The only way to drive the province forward is to pump more money into the economic sector, especially the agriculture sector and fortunately the sector has received an overwhelming K2, 050, 000, an increase of K1,168, 000 from 2017.

The Governor was happy with the national government’s backing of K 151, 034, 900 appropriated as grants to the provincial government for the 2018 fiscal year.

“The figure represents an increase of K5, 592, 500 or 3. 8 percent increase from K145, 462, 400 appropriated in 2017,” Agarobe said.

He said recurrent grants for next year were increased by 3. 8 percent or K5, 592,500 from 2017’s K93, 072, 400.

He said the increase reflected the increase in the number of teachers as a result of increases in classrooms and schools in line with the current government’s free education policy.

He said development grants from the national government have increased by K150, 000 to K52, 540, 000 in the 2018 financial allocation.

He said the expenditure analysis in the budget outlined has indicated that the Provincial Government and Assembly Services will be allocated K 6, 260, 000, which is an increase of K500, 000 from 2017. The other sectors budgeted for were;

  • Health sector with K202, 000, an increase of K202, 000.
  • Economic sector K2, 050, 000 an increase of 1, 000, 000.
  • Law and Justice sector K 900, 000 which remained unchanged.
  • Community service sector K1, 295, 000, an increase of K 1, 295, 000.
  • Development sector K1, 300, 000, an increase of K 900, 000.
  • Administration K 5, 621, 000, a decrease of K 1, 489, 000.
  • Education sector K2, 050, 000, a decrease of K1, 000, 000.
  • Infrastructure sector K 610, 000, a decrease of K 18, 943, 363.

.Administration Function grant K1, 544, 200 decrease of K 1, 914, 200 2017

.Other Service Delivery Functions Grant K2, 347, 800 decrease of K3, 098, 300

.Health Functions Grant K 5, 407, 300 decrease of K 5, 882, 800

.Education grant K5, 716, 500 decrease of K6, 098, 500

.Village courts Function grants K330, 300 decrease of 3343, 800

.Transport Infrastructures K9, 525, 000 decrease of 10, 175, 00

.Primary Production functions K 1, 867, 900 decrease of K1, 831, 300

.Local Level Government K 1, 808, 800 decrease of K 2, 032, 400

.Land Mediators K 50, 600 decrease of K 65, 000

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