Zainab Ahmed: Finance Minister reveals FG to borrow N6.258 trillion to finance 2022 budget

Zainab Ahmed: Finance Minister reveals FG to borrow N6.258 trillion to finance 2022 budget

The federal government disclosed that the N6.258 trillion budget deficit in the proposed 2022 Appropriation Bill will be financed through local and external loans, Zainab Ahmed had explained.

The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, made this known on Wednesday, October 6; in a chat with newsmen at the end of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

1st News learned that the FEC meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja also disclosed that FEC approved the proposed 2022 Budget of N16.39 trillion.

According to Zainab Ahmed, the target to deliver many of the administration’s legacy projects would not be achievable without taking credit facilities, noting that the generated revenues are barely enough to meet recurrent expenditures.

The minister also noted that though concerns are being raised over the frequent borrowings by the administration, she allayed fears that the situation might be spinning out of control already, noting that Nigeria’s borrowings are still within healthy and sustainable limits.

She said: “If we just depend on the revenues that we get; even though our revenues have increased, the operational expenditure of government; including salaries and other overheads, is barely covered or swallowed up by the revenue.

“So, we need to borrow to be able to build these projects; that will ensure that we’re able to develop on a sustainable basis.

“Nigeria’s borrowing has been of great concern and has elicited a lot of discussions; but if you look at the total size of the borrowing; it is still within healthy and sustainable limits. As at July 2021, the total borrowing is 23% of GDP.”

Meanwhile, the House of Reps has urged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review the remuneration of judicial officers in line with present economic realities.

The Resolution was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Luke Onofiok (PDP-Akwa Ibom) at the Reps plenary on Wednesday, October 6.

Moving the motion earlier, Onofiok recalled that the salary of judicial officers was last reviewed by the RMAFC in 2007; when the official exchange rate was N124 to a dollar and the minimum wage was N5,000,

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