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Nigeria: Buhari presents N16.39trn 2022 ‘Budget of Economic Growth’ to National Assembly

by Haruna Gimba

By Haruna Gimba  

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has presented the 2022 Appropriation Bill of N16.39 trillion to the joint session of the National Assembly on Thursday in Abuja.

Addressing the joint session comprising 109 Senators, 360 members of the House of Representatives, minister and other top government functionaries, President Buhari described the 2022 Appropriation as Budget of Economic Growth and Sustainability.

He explained that the budget is also the first in the nation history, where Ministries, Developments and Agencies (MDAs) were clearly advised on “gender responsive budgeting.

“These are part of critical steps in our efforts to distribute resources fairly and reach vulnerable groups of our society,’’ he said.

He maintained that defence and internal security would continue to be on top priority of his administration.

“We remain firmly committed to the security of life, property and investment nationwide.

“We will continue to ensure that our gallant men and women in the armed forces, police and paramilitary units are properly equipped, remunerated and well-motivated,’’ he added.

On the parameters and fiscal assumptions of the 2022 Appropriation bill, the president told the legislators that the 2022 to 2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper sets out the parameters for the 2022 Budget is Conservative oil price benchmark of 57 US Dollars per barrel;

Other parameters are Daily oil production estimate of 1.88 million barrels (inclusive of Condensates of 300,000 to 400,000 barrels per day); Exchange rate of four 410.15 per US Dollar; and Projected GDP growth rate of 4.2 percent and 13 per cent inflation rate.

“Based on these fiscal assumptions and parameters, total federally-collectible revenue is estimated at 17.70 trillion Naira in 2022.

“Total federally distributable revenue is estimated at 12.72 trillion Naira in 2022 while total revenue available to fund the 2022 Federal Budget is estimated at 10.13 trillion Naira.’’

He said this included Grants and Aid of N63.38 billion, as well as the revenues of 63 Government-Owned Enterprises.

President Buhari said the oil revenue was projected at N3.16 trillion, non-oil taxes are estimated at N2.13 trillion and Federal Government’s Independent revenues are projected to be N1.82 trillion.

According to him, Nigeria is currently emerging from a very difficult economic challenge, saying that the 2022 is a crucial year for the completion of his administration’s legacy projects.

The president expressed the hope that the National Assembly would continue to partner with the Executive by ensuring that “deliberations on the 2022 Budget are completed before the end of this year so that the Appropriation Act can come into effect by the first of January 2022.”

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