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By Henry Umoru

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate, seeking the consideration and subsequent approval of a revised 2022-2024 Medium Term Fiscal Framework, and Fiscal Strategy Paper, FSP that will push the Federal Government’s expected expenditure for 2022 from the earlier approved N13.98 trillion to N16.45 trillion.

The President in letter to the Senate, dated October 4, 2021 and read during plenary by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo Agege, All Progressives Congress, APC, Delta Central, explained that the revision was necessitated by the need to reflect the new fiscal terms in the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021, as well as other critical expenditures in the 2022 budget.

The Senate had on September 22, passed the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, and Fiscal Strategy Paper, FSP with the approval of expenditure of N13.98 trillion the Federal Government should budget for 2022. President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow present to a joint session of the National Assembly the 2022 Appropriation Bill.

Omo-Agege, who presided over yesterday’s plenary, disclosed this after reading and referring President Muhammadu Buhari’s submission of the revised 2022-2024 Medium Term Fiscal Framework to the Committee led by Senator Olamilekan Adeola, APC, Lagos West, to carry out legislative input as the committee is expected to submit report today at plenary.

According to President Buhari in the letter, the underlying drivers of the 2022 fiscal projections, such as oil price benchmark, oil production volume, exchange rate, GDP growth, and inflation rate reflect emergent realities and the macroeconomic outlook, and remained unchanged as in the previously approved 2022-2024 MTEF/FSP.

He said:  “The PIA established a progressive fiscal framework aimed at encouraging investment in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry.

“This significantly alters the oil and gas fiscal terms and has necessitated changes in the 2022-2024 Medium Term Fiscal Framework.

“The fiscal effects of PIA implementation are assumed to kick in by mid-year 2022. The revised 2022-2024 Fiscal Framework is premised on hybrid of January-June (based on current fiscal regime) and July-December (based on PIA fiscal regime), while 2023 and 2024 are now fully based on the PIA.”

Accordingly, President Buhari listed the changes to the 2022 Fiscal Framework projections to include a decrease in gross revenue projection by N341.57 billion, from N8.870 trillion to N8.528 trillion; decreased deductions for federally funded upstream projects costs and 13 per cent derivation by N335.3 billion and N810.25 million respectively; and net oil and gas revenue projection declined by N5.42 billion from N6.540 trillion to N6.535 trillion.

Buhari added that also to be modified in the fiscal framework was a decline in net oil and gas revenue by N5.42 billion; and an increase in projected FGN’s Retained Revenue from N8.36 trillion to N10.13 trillion.

Giving a breakdown of the projected increase in Federal Government’s revenue, he said N837.76 billion was from increase in revenue of Government Owned Enterprises; N697.6 billion from MDAs Internally Generated Revenue; the introduction of Education Tax of N306 billion and Dividend of N8.3 billion from the bank of industry as revenue lines; and FGN share of oil price royalty of N96.9 billion which is expected to be transferred to the Nigerian Sovereignty Investment Authority based on the provisions of the PIA.

According to him, the FGN Aggregate Expenditure (including GOEs and Projected-tied Loans) is projected to increase by N2.47 trillion, from N13.98 trillion to N16.45 trillion.

Buhari noted that the increase in expenditure was due to N100 billion additional provision to INEC to cater for the 2023 general elections; and the provision of N54 billion to NASENI, which represents one per cent FGN share of the Federation Account.

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Others are additional provision of N510 billion in the Service Wide Votes to cater for National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (N300 billion), Police Operations Fund (N50 billion), Hazard Allowance for Health Workers (50 billion), Public Service Wage Adjustments (additional N80 billion), and MDAs’ Electricity Bills Debt (additional N37 billion); and additional Capital provision of N1.70 trillion.

He explained that the provision for additional capital in the framework was a result of projected increases in capital supplementation by N179.1 billion; GOEs Capital by N222.1 billion; TETFUND Expenditure by N290.7 billion; Multi-lateral/Bi-lateral Project-tied Loans by N517.5 billion; and MDAs Capital Expenditure by N390.5 billion (including N178.1 billion provision for population and housing census to be carried out in 2022.

The Deputy Senate President, after reading the President’s letter, referred same to the Committee on Finance.

The committee, chaired by Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, was mandated to report back today.

“You will have to report back to us latest tomorrow (today), to enable us use it as a predicate for the budget presentation on Thursday (tomorrow).

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