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President Muhammadu Buhari will present the 2021 budget at a joint sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

This was contained in a letter written to the National Assembly and read by the Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday at the resumption of plenary.

Part of the letter read, “May I crave the kind indulgence of the distinguish Senate to grant me the slot of 11 hours on Thursday 8th October, 2020 to formally present the 2021 Appropriation Bill to the Joint Session of the National Assembly.

“While I look forward to addressing the joint session, please accept, Mr Senate President, the assurances of my highest regards.”

It would be recall that the Federal Executive Council has last Wednesday approved a budget estimate of N13.08tn for 2021 fiscal year. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.

The minister said the budget proposal was predicated on $379 exchange rate, oil benchmark of $40 barrel per day and oil production volume of 1.86 million per day.

The minister had said, “The budget assumptions that were presented to the council include: one, crude oil price benchmark at $40 per barrel; two, oil production at 1.86 million barrels per day; three, exchange rate of N379 to $1; four, Gross Domestic Product growth target of three per cent; and five, inflation rate of 11.95 per cent.

“We have a total aggregate revenue of N7.89tn and also an aggregate expenditure of N13.08tn for 2021. There is a fiscal deficit of N4.49tn, this represents 3.64 per cent, slightly above what is required by the Fiscal Responsibility Act of three per cent and also to report that the total capital expenditure that is projected in the budget is 29 per cent of the aggregate expenditure.

“This is an improvement over the 24 per cent that we had in the 2020 budget, but slightly below the 30 per cent that we targeted in the economic recovery.”

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