The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a proposal of N4.929 trillion as 2013 draft budget. This includes afiscal framework of annual projected revenue of N3.891 trillion and expenditure of N4.929 trillion. Therefore, the 2013 draft budget proposals contain a deficit of N1.038 trillion.
The Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, made this known while addressing the press after the FEC meeting. She said the budget will be ready in September, while the actual laying will be in the first week of October. The draft budget proposal is also to be submitted to the National Assembly next month.
While details of the draft proposals have not yet been made available, the Finance Minister, hinted at what is to be expected in the 2013 budget. She said the Federal Government had reduced the recurrent expenditure component of the draft budget proposal from 71.47 percent of the total budget in 2012 to 68.66 percent.
According to her, “We are increasing the Capital Expenditure from 28.53 percent in 2012 to 31.34 percent in 2013.” The minister also promised that the resources of the country would be managed prudently and transparently, while ensuring priority was given to the key growth sectors of the economy and national security.
She continues: “Fundamentally, the focus of the Federal Government’s proposal on budget 2013 as reflected in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper is that the budget should make practical impact on the areas that matter most to the Nigerian people— job creation, power supply, roads, rail, other infrastructure and of course, agriculture.
“The proposals for the 2013 budget are based on a rigorous review of the performance of the global economy with regard to negative economic developments around the world which have the potential to negatively impact the country’s economy.”