Jos - The Plateau State Executive Council on Tuesday approved the release of N18 billion for the execution of projects in the state.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Abraham Yiljap, who briefed newsmen in Jos shortly after the Executive Council meeting, said the amount was to cover projects in health, education, agriculture and works.
"We deemed it fit to carry out some projects in the health, education, agriculture and works ministries for the benefit of the people of the state.
"The people need some infrastructure, such as roads, food and health facilities as well as schools and educational materials for their use," he said.
Yiljap said that the state government was eager to ensure that the dividends of democracy got to the people.
He also announced the setting of a nine-member committee on salary matters to be chaired by the Commissioner for Planning Commission, Mr John Daduut.
He said the committee had one month to submit its report.
"We want all issues relating to salaries, promotions and general welfare of the state civil servants to be looked into for redress so as to discourage cases of strikes in the state," he said.
The commissioner also said that another delegation had been sent to discuss with striking workers of the state tertiary institutions the non- payment of salaries.
He said that the delegation was to look into the agitation of the striking workers towards resolving them for normalcy to return in the institutions.
The strike is already two weeks old.
Yiljap appealed to the striking workers to exercise some patience with the state government and return to work while negotiations continued.