Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will on Wednesday on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan present the N4,357.96 trillion appropriation bill to the National Assembly. This disclosure was made via a letter to the Upper House through the Senate President David Mark, which was read to the lawmakers on the floor of the legislative chamber.
The appropriation bill was based on $65 per barrel of oil benchmark, a revision from the initial $73 per barrel. As contained in the revised budget, N627.16 billion will be spent on capital expenditure which includes N380.70 billion for the Ministries, Departments and agencies, N144.42 billion will be capital expenditure in statutory transfers and N102.03 billion for the Subsidy Re-investment Empowerment Programme, SURE-P.
A total of N2,622.42 trillion was earmarked for the recurrent expenditure which includes personnel costs for MDAs that stands at N1,801trillion, Overheads, N216,56 billion, pensions N228,81 billion and N376.05 budgeted for other service wide votes. Service on domestic debt is expected to gulp N894.61 billion while that of foreign debt will take N48.39 billion.
Jonathan had in October indicated a 2014 budget proposal of N4.817 trillion with the oil benchmark put at $78 per barrel in the Medium Term Framework, MTEF presented to the National Assembly. However, the budget was later cut down to N4.7 trillion with the benchmark at $73 per barrel before the latest revision of the oil benchmark to $65 per barrel with the total budget size of N4.4 trillion against N4,724.69 trillion budgeted in 2014.
Also, the previous budget estimate had N1,208.37 trillion for capital expenditure but it has been reduced to N627.16 billion which the President explained was as a result of the drastic reduction in global oil prices while the recurrent expenditure remained N2,622.42 trillion. The budget going by the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the Fiscal Strategic Paper, FSP, was also predicated on the production of 2.2782mbpd for 2015, 2.3271 mbpd and 2.4067 mbpd for 2016 and 2017 respectively.
“Given further developments in the international oil market which have necessitated further revisions, amendment s have been made to some parameters as well as to some fiscal estimates in the MTEF,” the President said on the revision of the MTEF, I hereby forward copies of the revised 2015-2017 MTEF for the kind consideration of the Distinguished members of the Senate and hope that it will be considered and approved expeditiously in order to bring 2015 Federal Government of Nigeria budget preparation process to a quick closure.” “In consonance with the provision of Section 81 Sub-section 1 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I write to request that the Distinguished Senate grant the Honourable Minister of Finance the slot of 11 am on Wednesday 17 December, 2014, to enable her lay before you the 2015 budget estimates,” the President said in the authority letter for the Minister of Finance to lay the budget estimates.