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Proposes N6tn budget for 2016 @ $38 crude benchmark



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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has announced Medium Term Expenditures Framework (MTEF) of N6 trillion for the 2016 budget using @38 as crude benchmark.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting which took place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, which was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister for Budget and Regional Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, said the approved MTEF would be the government’s framework for the rest of the administration.
He added that the council in the proposal pegged the sale of crude oil at $38 per barrel, a price he said, was considered as conservative and sustainable.
The minister said that the council projected the production of 2.2 million barrels of crude oil per day within the three fiscal years.
According to him, the 2016 budget proposal, which has one trillion Naira above the 2015 budget, remains an expansionist projection with the aim of increasing infrastructure budget to 30 percent from its current 15 per cent.
He disclosed that the approved MTEF would be forwarded to the National Assembly for consideration and passage while the government would continue to work on the actual 2016 budget proposal to be submitted to the lawmakers at a later date.
Asked how the government intended to fund the budget considering the downward trend of the nation’s income, Udoma said that the administration intended to expand its earnings from the non-oil revenues and reduce recurrent expenditures.
Reacting to question on whether the government intended to cut workers’ salaries, Udoma assured that such would never happen even under the current administration.
He however hinted that the government was expecting certain savings from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information Systems (IPPIS) that it is currently using in disbursement of staff salaries.
While maintaining that the present exchange rate given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was maintained in the MTEF, the minister said the council has yet to decide on whether or not to retain the highly charged subsidy on fuel policy.

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