Nigerian Senate in a Plenary

Senate approves N17.13trn 2022 Federal Budget

*The Nigerian Senate increases the benchmark price of crude from $57 to $62 per barrel, from which a proposed increase in revenue is expected

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Senate has passed a 2022 budget of N17.126trillion against N16.391 trillion as earlier presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Senate while passing the bill Wednesday, December 22, 2021, increased the benchmark price of crude from $57 to $62 per barrel, from which a proposed increase in revenue is expected.

President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the 2022 Budget estimates to a joint session of the National Assembly October 2021

The sum of N3.8 trillion is for debt service, N6.9 trillion recurrent non-debt expenditure while N5.4 trillion is for capital expenditure.

After the passage of the budget Senate President Ahmad Lawan commended the National Assembly for restoring the budget cycle back to January to December.

Lawan said: “We thank Almighty God for helping us achieve that.

“Let me commend this Senate for standing tall. We are rounding the year on a very high note, we passed the PIB, and it is not an act, something that was not passed for over 20 years.”

The Senate President further stated: “We passed the electoral bill but we know there are some reservations, so we will look at it with the house of representatives.

“I am sure that this Senate and the National Assembly has done a lot in legislative intervention.”

ConsumerConnect had reported that the House of Representatives also raised and passed the exact figure Tuesday, December 21.

The Federal legislators had made provision for 10 percent of monies recovered by EFCC and the National Financial Intelligence Unit to be utilised by the agencies for their operations, to strengthen their fight against corruption.

The budget deficit was increased by N98 billion to accommodate some other requests of national importance which have not been captured in the budget estimates and which could not be covered by the revenue increase.

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