Senate passes 2016 Appropriation Bill


Senator Bukola Saraki

Senator Bukola Saraki, Senate President
Senator Bukola Saraki, Senate President

After several weeks of delay, the Senate passed the 2016 Appropriation bill Wednesday.

A total sum of N1.587 trillion was approved by the Senate as the capital expenditure while N2.646.3 trillion. was earmarked for recurrent expenditure.

N351.37 billion as statutory transfers, N1.475.3 trillion for debt service, and N2.2 trillion for fiscal deficit was also approved.

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The Senate slashed spending by N17 billion and removed shortfall running into several billions of naira.

According to Senator Danjuma Goje, Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, the difference in N17 billion had to do with the fact that the initial budget had a lot or errors of omissions in the area of personnel cost, which was initially described as padding.

The budget was pegged on an oil benchmark of $38, crude production of 2.2000m barrels per day and the exchange rate of N197 to $1.