Senate passes 2021 Appropriation Bill of N13.5trn

Senate passes 2021 Appropriation Bill of N13.5trn

The Senate on Monday passed the 2021 Appropriation Bill of N13.5 trillion.


This followed the adoption of the report of Senate Committee on Appropriation at the plenary.


President Muhammdu Buhari had on Oct. 8 presented the proposed 2021 budget of N13.08 trillion to the joint session of the National Assembly for approval.


Presenting the report, Sen. Barau Jibril (APC-Kano), Chairman, Committee on Appropriation, said that the committee was guided by the revenue parameters approved by the National Assembly in preparing the budget.


Jibrin said that the budget was made up of N5.6 trillion recurrent expenditure and N4.1 trillion capital expenditure.


He said that N496 billion of the budget was for statutory transfer, while N3.3 trillion was for debt service.


He said that the committee adopted 40-dollar-per-barrel crude oil price benchmark, as proposed by the Executive at 1.86mbpd, while exchange rate of N379 to a dollar was adopted with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) assumption of 3.00 per cent, as presented by the Executive.


Jibrin said that the committee, while processing the budget, considered the impact of COVID-19 pandemic which had negatively affected virtually every aspect of life, businesses, individuals and revenue profile of government.


He, however, said in view of the increasing global oil price, beyond the benchmark of 40 dollars, the Executive might wish to submit a Supplementary Appropriation Bill whenever it deemed fit.


He said that this would help fund critical areas that would help to accelerate movement of the economy out of recession.


The Senate, thereafter, adjourned plenary until Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.

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