President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is willing to supply Burundi with fuel; promising that Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited will look into the country’s request for energy support.
According to a statement by his media aide Femi Adesina, Mr Buhari disclosed this in the State House on Tuesday, January 3, 2022.
He spoke while hosting the special envoy of President Evariste Ndayishimiye.
“On request for assistance in the area of energy provision, particularly fuel, by the Burundi leade; President Buhari said he knows what it feels like for a country to suffer from energy shortage. He promised that he would get the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited to look into the request.”
“In the spirit of African solidarity and brotherliness, Nigeria will support (the) Republic of Burundi in diverse ways as necessary.”
Mr Buhari’s promise to support Burundi with fuel supply came as Nigerians are beginning to get fuel to buy after prolonged fuel scarcity in the country.
Earlier, President Buhari signed Nigeria’s 2023 budget into law, his office announced on Tuesday, January 3.
The National Assembly had earlier passed the budget totalling N21.83 trillion.
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Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesperson disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, saying; “Speaking at the signing of the eighth and final annual budget of this Administration; the President said the aggregate expenditures of N21.83 trillion, is an increase of N1.32 trillion over the initial Executive Proposal for a total expenditure of N20.51 trillion.
“President Buhari explained that the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act would enable the administration to respond to the havoc caused by the recent nationwide floods on infrastructure and agriculture sectors.”
As is customary, he said the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning will subsequently provide more details of the approved budget and the supporting 2022 Finance Act.
“We have examined the changes made by the National Assembly to the 2023 Executive Budget proposal.
“The amended fiscal framework for 2023 as approved by the National Assembly shows additional revenues of N765.79 billion; an unfunded deficit of N553.46 billion.
“It is clear that the National Assembly and the executive need to capture some of the proposed additional revenue sources in the fiscal framework. This must be rectified.
“I have also noted that the National Assembly introduced new projects into the 2023 budget proposal for which it has appropriated N770.72 billion. The National Assembly also increased the provisions made by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) by N58.55 billion.”