By Bassey Udo
1. 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.
2. President Buhari presented the draft 2017 Budget proposal to a Joint Session of the National Assembly on December 14, 2016.
3. The National Assembly passed the 2017 Appropriation Act five months later on May 11, 2017.
4. 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.
5. Following extensive dialogue, the lawmakers are to restore the funding on the projects during the budget year.
6. The Federal Government has returned the country to a January-December budget calendar, starting from the 2018 budget.
8. Total expenditure in the Appropriation Act N7.44 trillion.
9. Total expected revenue is N5.08 trillion.
10. Projected deficit is N2.36 trillion, to be financed largely through borrowing.
11. N2 trillion is approved for capital expenditure (principally infrastructure), with more than N500 billion directed into investments in roads, power and housing projects;
12. N46 billion for Special Economic Zone Projects to be set up in each geopolitical zone.
Source: Premium Times