President Buhari To Present 2021 Budget To The National Assembly On Thursday

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will be presenting the 2021 budget at a joint sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

This was confirmed in a letter written to the National Assembly and read by the Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday at the resumption of plenary.

There were reports that the Federal Executive Council had last Wednesday approved a budget estimate of N13.08tn for the 2021 fiscal year.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this to the State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.

The budget proposal was based on $379 exchange rate, oil benchmark of $40 barrel per day and oil production volume of 1.86 million per day.

The minister had said, “The budget assumptions that were presented to the council include: one, crude oil price benchmark at $40 per barrel; two, oil production at 1.86 million barrels per day; three, exchange rate of N379 to $1; four, Gross Domestic Product growth target of three per cent; and five, inflation rate of 11.95 per cent.

We have a total aggregate revenue of N7.89tn and also an aggregate expenditure of N13.08tn for 2021. There is a fiscal deficit of N4.49tn, this represents 3.64 per cent, slightly above what is required by the Fiscal Responsibility Act of three per cent and also to report that the total capital expenditure that is projected in the budget is 29 per cent of the aggregate expenditure.

This is an improvement over the 24 per cent that we had in the 2020 budget, but slightly below the 30 per cent that we targeted in the economic recovery.”

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