Senate passes President Buhari’s revised 2022 fiscal framework, approves proposed N16.39 trillion Budget spending

The Senate yesterday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s revised submission of the 2022-2024 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework, (MTEF), which he submitted to the National Assembly.

The upper chamber also approved the President’s N16.39 trillion planned spending for next year.

The revised submission was received and referred to the Committee on Finance on Tuesday for consideration ahead of tomorrow’s budget presentation to the National Assembly by President Buhari.

The approval of the revised framework followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Finance.

According to a statement issued by the Special Assistant (Press) to Senate President, Ezrel Tabiowo, “The Senate, in its recommendation approved the aggregate expenditure of N16.39 trillion, from the previous N13.98 trillion for the year 2022.

“It also gave its nod to the retained revenue of N10.3 trillion and N635.4 billion fiscal deficit.

“The upper chamber also commended the Budget Office of the Federation and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning for insisting that MDAs submit their revenue profile as a premise for being captured in the 2022 Budget proposal.

“Chairman of the Committee, Senator Olamilekan Adeola, in his presentation, said that Gross Revenue Projection was decreased by N341.57 billion, from N8.870 trillion to N8.528 trillion.

“According to him, deductions for Federally-funded upstream projects costs and 13% derivation was slashed by N335.3 billion and N810.25 million, respectively.

“He added that while Net Oil and Gas revenue projection declined by N5.42 billion from N6.540 trillion to N6.535 trillion, non-oil taxes remain unchanged.

“He explained that the Federal Government’s retained revenue is projected to increase by N1.773 trillion, from N8.36 trillion to N10.13 trillion.

“Adeola disclosed further that the new increase to the FGN Expenditure is N5.241 trillion.

“Meanwhile, President Buhari in a letter to the upper chamber dated October 4, 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”.

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