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13 things to know about Nigeria’s 2017 budget

13 things to know about Nigeria’s 2017 budget
  1. The 2017 Budget is christened “Budget of Economic Recovery and Growth”
  2. For the first time ever, the 2017 Budget was collated using  a web-based application that allowed Ministries, Departments and Agencies to upload their budget proposals to the new budget preparation portal, making the preparation process more efficient and transparent process.
  3. President Buhari presented the draft 2017 Budget proposal to a Joint Session of the National Assembly on December 14, 2016.
  4. The National Assembly passed the 2017 Appropriation Act five months later on May 11, 2017.
  5. Signing of the Budget was delayed because of disagreements over deductions by the National Assembly in the draft document from allocations to some critical infrastructure projects, including the standard gauge railway, Mambilla Power Project, the Second Niger Bridge, and Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, and reallocated to new projects introduced by the lawmakers.
  6. Following extensive dialogue, the lawmakers are to restore the funding on the projects during the budget year.
  7. The Federal Government has returned the country to a January–December budget calendar, starting from the 2018 budget.
  8. The Executive is to submit the draft 2018 budget to the National Assembly by October 2017, while the Assembly pass the budget into law before the end of 2017.
  9. Total expenditure in the Appropriation Act =N=7.44 trillion.
  10. Total expected revenue is =N=5.08 trillion.
  11. Projected deficit is =N=2.36 trillion, to be financed largely through borrowing.
  12. =N=2 trillion is approved for capital expenditure (principally infrastructure), with more than =N=500 billion directed into investments in roads, power and housing projects;
  13. =N=46 billion for Special Economic Zone Projects to be set up in each geopolitical zone.
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