Pres. Buhari Presents 2020 Budget To The National Assembly
President Muhammadu Buhari is arriving the National Assembly to present the 2020 budget, for the first time since the 2019 general elections were won and lost, 042hits.com reports.
042Hits.com learnt that as part of the preparations to receive the president, there had been tight security around the National Assembly where the presentation would be made.
At the time of this report, the Senate had moved and adopted a motion for a joint session between the upper legislative chamber and the House of Representatives as it is customary.
The president came into the Assembly at 2:04pm
2:05pm: National Assembly was taken.
2:07pm: Muslim and Christian prayers were observed.
2:09pm: Senate President, Ahmad Lawan addressing the joint session of the National Assembly.
The Senate President welcomed Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo to the Assembly for the budget presentation. He pledged the National Assembly’s support for the president to actualise the next level agenda.
2:18pm: Buhari begins budget presentation
-Buhari says the nations Gross Domestic Product has grown from 1.93 percent in 2018 to 2.02 percent in the first half of 2019.
-He says inflation down from peak of ~18% in Jan 2017 to ~11% by August 2019. External reserves up from $23bn in October 2016 to ~$42bn in Sept 2019.
-Buhari says Capital importation up from $12bn in H1 2018 to $14bn in H1 2019.
-Buhari says 2018 capital budget implemented till June 2019 and that N294.6 billion released for capital projects under 2019 budget, as of Sept 30, 2019. “I have directed the Federal Ministry of Finance to release additional N600 billion for capital by end of 2019.”
-Benchmark Oil Price : $57 Production: 2.18m bpd FX: N305/$
-Proposed Increase of VAT from 5% to 7.5%. He says 2020 budget based on new VAT rate. Increased revenues will be used to fund education, health and infrastructure. VAT Act already exempts Pharma, Educational items and basic commodities. We will expand the exemptions.
Buhari says his government will raise the threshold for VAT registration to N25m turnover per annum, to bring relief to small(est) businesses.
He said N8.155 trillion in revenues is estimated in 2020 budget, as Oil sector will rake in N2.64 trillion; Non-oil sector: N1.81 trillion, others: N3.7 trillion.
-Buhari says Domiciliary Accounts in foreign missions will be captured in TSA, as well as for GOEs in the 2020 budget.
-He adds that budget for National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has increased from N1.5 billion to N2.5 billion.
-Buhari says he had directed the stoppage of salaries for any Nigerian government staff not captured in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by end of October 2019.”
-He says N2.46 trillion is proposed for capital projects.
Buhari says the main emphasis will be on the completion of as many ongoing projects as possible, instead of starting new ones.
-He adds that the goal is for the 2020 Appropriation Act to come into effect on January 1, 2020.
-In the budget, infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme gets prominent mention: PPP Scheme launched January 2019, which in its ongoing Phase 1 has already attracted N200 billion in private capital into reconstruction of ~800km of Federal Roads, across all 6 geopolitical zones.
-Buhari says Single Customs Window is a priority for 2020, while PIB also a priority. “I seek your support in passing into law two Executive PIBs I will be forwarding to you shortly.” — PMB
-Buhari says Deep Offshore Act Amendment Bill 2018 was submitted to 8th Assembly in June 2018, but not passed. “I will be re-forwarding shortly, to the 9th Assembly.”
-“I seek the support of the National Assembly in passing into law two Executive PIBs he will be forwarding shortly” – Buhari
-2:58pm: Buhari ends budget presentation
-2:02pm: Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila addresses the Assembly
-2:09pm: Muslim and Christian prayers observed
More to come…