Expectations as Buhari presents N16.39trn 2022 Budget, targets N10.13trn revenue

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved the 2022 Appropriation Bill comprising of N16.39 trillion expenditure for presentation to the joint sitting of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

She said the Federal Executive Council considered the changes in the 2022-2024 fiscal projections based on implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 and other necessary expenditures that should be accommodated in the 2022 budget.

She said key assumptions and targets underlying the budget provisions included oil price of $57 per barrel; oil production of 1.88 mbpd; exchange rate of N410.15 to a USD; oil revenue of N3.15 trillion and non-oil revenue of N2.13 trillion.

“Federal Government’s Independent Revenue of N1.82 trillion; Total Projected Federal Government Revenue of N10.13 trillion; Debt Service of N3.61 trillion; Statutory Transfers of N768.28 billion (including N462.53 billion capital component) and Personnel costs and Pensions of N4.69 trillion; (inclusive of N617.72 billion for the 63 GOEs).

“Overhead costs of N792.39 billion (inclusive of N451.0 billion for the 63 GOEs); and Capital expenditure (inclusive of capital component of Social Investment Programme, capital in Statutory Transfers, capital of 63 GOEs, Capital Supplementation as well as Grants and Donor funding) of N5.35 trillion(inclusive of N647.08 billion for the 63 GOEs).

“The resultant deficit of N6.258 trillion which will be financed by new borrowings of N5.012 trillion (of which domestic – N2.506 trillion and foreign – N2.506 trillion); drawdowns on Project-tied Multilateral/Bilateral loans – N1.156 trillion; and Privatization Proceeds of N90.73 billion,” she said.

On the approved 2022 Appropriation Bill for an aggregate expenditure of N16.39 trillion for 2022, the minister gave the components as the adjustments to the Medium-Term Fiscal Framework 2022-2024 including statutory transfers of N768.28 billion, debt service of N3.61 trillion and Sinking Fund for Maturing Debts of N292.71 billion.

She said others are recurrent expenditure (non-debt) of N6.83 trillion (inclusive of N350.0 billion for the recurrent component of Social Investment Programme) and an aggregate capital expenditure of N5.35 trillion (inclusive of GOEs’ capital expenditure, multilateral/bilateral loan funded projects, Capital Supplementation and Grants/Aid funded projects), representing 33% of the expenditure.

On special allocations for the completion of legacy projects of the present administration, the minister said: “The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has a provision of N388 billion; the Power sector has about N377 billion; the Ministry of Agriculture has N98 billion; the Transportation Ministry has N189 billion.

“All the major projects are being provided for. The target is to make sure that we have some of these key projects completed and commissioned during Mr. President’s tenure.

“Currently, agriculture sector contributes 23% of the GDP. We have record of expanding the agricultural value chain; we’ve had very little or no processing in agriculture until this administration.”

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