FG spent N12.87trn in 2022 – Minister

FG spent N12.87trn in 2022 – Minister

By Temitope Ponle, Abuja.

 

The Federal Government says it spent N12.87 trillion, as against the N17.126 trillion budgeted for 2022 as at Nov. 30, 2022.

 

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed,said this at the public presentation and breakdown of the approved 2023 Budget on Wednesday in Abuja.

 

Ahmed said out of the N12.87 trillion, N5.24 trillion was for debt service and N3.94 trillion was for personnel costs. 

 

“The actual spending as of November 30 was N12.87 trillion. 

 

“Of this amount, N5.24 trillion was for debt service; N3.94 trillion for Personnel Costs, including Pensions; Statutory Transfers, Overhead and Service Wide Votes; expenditures totalled N1.81 trillion; and N1.88 billion was released for capital expenditure.”

 

The minister said that the fiscal deficit for 2022 was estimated at N8.17 trillion, inclusive of the Supplementary Budget. 

 

She added that as at Nov. 30, 2022, the deficit was N6.37 trillion.

 

“The deficit was totally financed by borrowings, mostly from domestic sources.”

 

 

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari signed the 2023 Appropriation Bill of N21.83 trillion into law on Tuesday.

 

The National Assembly (NASS) passed the 2023 Budget on Dec. 28, 2022, after it was laid before a joint session of the NASS on Oct. 7, 2022.

 

It was gathered that the main aim of the 2023 Appropriation Act was to maintain fiscal viability and ensure smooth transition to an incoming administration.

 

The Act is also known as “Budget of Fiscal Consolidation and Transition’’.

 

The Finance Bill 2022 has also been passed to reinforce the administration’s public financial management reforms. 

 

The Act is expected to make key reforms on tax laws and others.

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