Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala presenting the 2014 budget on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan. She will represent him again today.
President Goodluck Jonathan will present the 2015 budget proposal of N4,357.96 trillion to the National Assembly today.
A letter sent to both the Senate and the House of Representatives which was read on the floor of the two chambers, also showed that the oil benchmark had been revised from the initial $73 per barrel to $65 per barrel. The price of OPEC basket of twelve crudes, which include Nigeria’s Bonny Light, stood at $57.92 per barrel on Monday.
Jonathan informed the National Assembly that the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will lay the budget estimate on the floor of the Senate on his behalf.
According to the revised budget estimates, N627.16 billion will be spent on capital expenditure which includes N380.70 billion for the Ministries, Departments and agencies; N144.42 billion will be capital expenditure in statutory transfers and N102.03 billion for the Subsidy Re-investment Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).
A total of N2,622.42 trillion was earmarked for the recurrent expenditure which also includes personnel costs for MDAs that stands at N1.801 trillion, Overheads, N216.56 billion, pensions N228.81 billion and N376.05 billion budgeted for other service wide votes.
Service on domestic debt is expected to gulp N894.61 billion while that of foreign debt will take N48.39 billion.
The new budget is presented after a third revision. President Jonathan had earlier in October, presented to the National Assembly a budget proposal of N4.817 trillion with the oil benchmark put at $78 per barrel. It was later cut down to N4.7 trillion with the benchmark at $73 per barrel, following the continued decline in global oil prices. The President has now for the third time revised the oil benchmark to $65 per barrel with the total budget size of N4.4 trillion against N4,724.69 trillion budgeted in 2014.
The budget, going by the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategic Paper (FSP), was also predicated on the production of 2.2782mbpd for 2015, 2.3271 mbpd and 2.4067 mbpd for 2016 and 2017 respectively.
“Given further developments in the international oil market which have necessitated further revisions, amendments have been made to some parameters as well as to some fiscal estimates in the MTEF,” Jonathan wrote.
“I hereby forward copies of the revised 2015-2017 MTEF for the kind consideration of the Distinguished members of the Senate and hope that it will be considered and approved expeditiously in order to bring 2015 Federal Government of Nigeria budget preparation process to a quick closure.”
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