President Muhammadu Buhari presented a N7.29 billion to the National Assembly on December 14, 2017 and new details continue to emerge indicating that the budget is riddled with absurdities and evidence of graft.
The president said the budget is for “recovery” from the current biting recession, but a whole bunch of experts disagree.
The analysts are going through the bulky 1,047-page document and many already spotting instances of padding and inflated figures.
Here are some details of the 2017 budget, which should interest you, courtesy of our friends at TheCable.
N7.298 trillion budget.
Aim of the budget
The aim is to pull the country out of recession by spending 30.7 percent on capital expenditure.
Ministry with highest allocation
The ministry of power, works and housing at 520 billion.
The allocation for the Niger Delta Amnesty programme tripled to amount at N65 billion in 2017 as against 20 billion in 2016. Also, the allocation for the Judiciary increased to N100 billion in 2017 as against 70 billion in 2016.
Restore life to the Northeast
45 billion was allocated for rehabilitation of the northeast
Crude oil: $42.5 per barrel as against $38 in 2016,
Naira: N305 per dollar as against N197 in 2016
Loans for entreprenuers
N15 billion was budgeted for the Bank of Industry and Bank of Agriculture. $1.3 billion was also budgeted for the Development Bank of Nigeria, which is expected to kick off operations in 2017.
Tax credit for exporters
N20 billion was budgeted for the Export Expansion Grant which is expected to encourage exporters.
N500 billion was budgeted for the Special Intervention programme (Home grown school feeding and N-Power Job creation programmes)
Udo Udoma, minister of budget and national planning, has said that the government expects to make 10 trillion as revenue for 2017 fiscal year and N5 trillion would be from the sale of crude oil.
“Non-oil revenues will rake in about N5.06 trillion. These revenues are expected to come from corporate and company taxes, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, Stamp Duties, capital gains tax and value added tax,”
The federal government is expected to expend N1.5 trillion in servicing domestic debts, however, the federal government earmarked N1.3 trillion in the 2016 budget.
On foreign debt, the federal government would spend N175.9 billion as against N54.5 billion spent on foreign debt servicing in the 2016 budget.
Recurrent expenditure would gulp N1.9 trillion, about N1.8 trillion was budgeted for the same purpose in the 2016 appropriation.
The federal government also intends to borrow a total of N2.3 trillion, out of which N1.5 trillion would be sourced locally while N1.1 trillion would be sourced internationally.
In the 2016 budget, N1.2 billion was reportedly borrowed locally, while N635.8 billion was gotten through foreign borrowing.
Anti-corruption in the state house?
A surprising entry in the state house section of the 2017 budget is anti corruption which had a budget of 8,539,200.
The budget for meals at the state house was N123,223,000 and this is excluding the N168.46m budgeted for the same item for the president and vice president.
N 100,820,300 was also budgeted for the purchase for canteen/ kitchen equipment.
N97,200,000, was budgeted for refreshments and meals for the state house apart from the amount budgeted for catering and foodstuff.
N94,575,000 was budgeted for the purchase of tyres for bullet proof vehicles, plain Toyota cars, CCU vehicles and other operational vehicles in the state house.
There were five provisions for the purchase of vehicles in the budget of the state house, president that all amounted to N396,000,000.
Trips and Sitting allowance
The president and vice president are expected to spend N1.05 billion on foreign trips and N353.115m on local trips.
Also, a total of N765,892,740 was budgeted for sitting allowance and honorarium in the state house, president and vice president’s offices.
Another surprising appearance in the state house headquarters budget was “Residential rent” which got a sum of 77,545,700.