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FEC Approves N16.39 Trillion Proposed Budget For 2022

 The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the 2022 Appropriation Bill for an aggregate expenditure of N16.39 trillion for presentation to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari today, Thursday October 7, 2021.

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who disclosed the development  to newsmen on Wednesday after the FEC meeting, said plans to finance the proposed 2022 budget through fresh borrowings

According to the Minister, the fresh borrowings  will aid the funding of the Federal Government’s infrastructure projects.

“Government has been borrowing before this administration and continues to borrow and it is important that we borrow to provide developmental projects in the form of roads, rails, bridges, power and water for sustainable development in this country.

“If we just depend on the revenues that we get, even though our revenues have increased, the operational expenditure of government, including salaries and other overheads, is barely covered or swallowed up by the revenue”, she said.

While defending the government’s borrowings, she said the move is necessary to be able to build projects and to ensure they are developed on a sustainable basis.

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In spite of persistent agitations in some quarters against the frequent borrowing by the current administration, the finance minister insists that the total size of the borrowing is still within healthy and sustainable limits.

She added, “Nigeria’s borrowing has been of great concern and has elicited a lot of discussions. But if you look at the total size of the borrowing, it is still within healthy and sustainable limits.

“As of July 2021, the total borrowing is 23% of GDP. When you compare our borrowing to other countries, we’re the lowest within the region, lowest compared to Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, the very lowest, and Angola.

“We do have a problem with revenue. Our revenues have been increasing. We just reported to council that our revenues from non-oil have performed, as of July, at the rate of 111%, which means outperforming the prorated budget.”

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