Wednesday, October 28THE LEGISLATURE

2019 Budget: Buhari to Present N8.7 Trillion to Nat. Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to present N8.7 trillion to National Assembly as 2019 budget proposal.

The Federal Executive Council during its special session in Abuja on Friday approved the proposals.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udo-Udoma, who spoke with State House correspondents soon after the meeting said within days, the President would write the National Assembly, requesting a date to lay the estimates before a joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Udo-Udoma did not give details of the proposals.

The Federal Government had earlier said that next year’s budget would be N8.7tn, a drop from the N9.12tn approved for 2018.

The 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper already laid before the National Assembly contained N8.7tn as the budget size for 2019.

FEC in October 24, approved the MTEF.

The minister had stated that the government expected a reduction in revenue in 2019 and opted to plan in line with the revenue in view.

For instance, he said government’s borrowing would reduce from N1.6tn in 2018 to N1.5tn in 2019.

As for the deficit, the minister said it would be cut down to N1.6tn in 2019 from the N1.9tn budgeted in 2018.

The government also put the daily oil production figure at  2.3 million barrels.

However, with the recent fluctuations in global crude oil prices and a possible cut in supply by OPEC, it’s unclear whether FEC retained the 2.3mbpd.

It had also recommended $60 as the crude oil benchmark and N305 as exchange rate to the dollar.

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