2014 Budget: FG Aims at N7.50 Trillion Revenue

The 2014 budget envisioned net collectible revenue of N7.50 trillion, the Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, said at the public presentation of the budget on Monday.

She said that N3.73 trillion of the projected collectible revenue would  be used to fund the 2014 budget, which focuses on enhancing job creation and comprehensive growth.

The budget has been underpinned by the constraint of oil benchmark of 2.39 million barrels per day compared to 2.53 million barrel per day in 2013,” she said.  “She said it was also underpinned by a “benchmark oil price of 77.5 dollar per barrel, projected real GDP growth of 6.75 per cent and average exchange rate of N160 per dollar.

Based on this, the 2014 budget envisioned net federally collectible revenue of N7.50 trillion, out of which N3.73 trillion is projected to fund the Federal Government budget.

The minister of finance said the figure represented a 9 per cent reduction from the N4.1 trillion in 2013.

She said the budget revealed “a total expenditure of N4.64 trillion representing about 7 per cent reduction from the N4.99 trillion budget in 2013.

It is made up of various categories of N399 billion for constitutional transfer, N712 billion for debt servicing, N2.41 trillion periodic non-debt expenditure and N1.25 trillion for capital expenditure,” she said.

On key allocations, she said that N655.47 billion was allocated to Education sector, including UBEC and TETfund, while the Ministry of Defence got N340.33 billion.

Similarly, she said the Ministry of Police Affairs, and the Police Service Commission got N301 billion.

According to her, the Federal Ministry of Health received N262.74 billion, while the Ministry of Works had N128.65 billion.

The minister said the ministerial allocation showed that the Federal Ministry of Power was allocated N102.45 billion, while the Federal Ministry of Agriculture received N66.64 billion.

These amounts also influence additional resources from the sponsor community which will add to our ability to execute the budget.

Okonjo-Iweala said N268.37 billion encompassing Federal Government was budgeted for SURE-P in 2014.

The minister said the fund was made up of savings from the fractional removal of fuel subsidy of N180 billion amplified by 2013 unspent funds of about N88.37.

According to her, the Federal Government cumulative spending of 2014 is projected to rise to N4.91 trillion out of which N1.53 trillion set aside for capital expenditure.

She said that fiscal deficit would rise slightly to about 1.9 per cent of the GDP in 2014 budget as against 1.85 per cent in 2013.

The minister pointed out that the figure was within 3 per cent of GDP margin predetermined in Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2007.