The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday revealed the Federal Government’s plans to disburse a whopping N1.8 trillion this year for capital spending.
This is a clear departure from the past when about N400 billion was planned for capital spending, Fashola said at the 5th meeting of national council on land, housing and urban development held in Ilorin, Kwara State.
“As you will be aware, one of the decisions taken by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is to increase the capital spending in 2016 budget to 30 percent of the total budget size of N6.06 trillion.
“But this is not the end of the purpose of spending. It is only the means to get to the end. The end really is to reflate the economy, to stimulate the economy back to growth and back to productivity.
“To provide the opportunity for people to feel included in the economy in a way that growth then translates to employment for them,” the minister said.
The theme of the meeting was: ‘Building adequate capacity of professionals, artisans and tradesmen in the built environment.’