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Reps pass N4.6 trn 2014 budget

11 April 2014, 12:30

Abuja - The House of Representatives on Thursday, passed the 2014 budget of N4.695 trillion which is N53 billion higher than the N4.642 trillion estimates submitted by the executive.

President Goodluck Jonathan on December 19, 2013, through the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, submitted the 2014 budget to the National Assembly for consideration and passage

The budget is made up of Statutory transfers, N408.687 billion; debt servicing, N712 billion; recurrent expenditure, N2.454 trillion, while capital expenditure is N1.119 trillion.

In the proposal, submitted by the executive, the recurrent expenditure was put at N2.4 trillion while capital expenditure was N1.1 trillion.

The budget passed was based on an oil price benchmark of $77.5 per barrel and crude oil production of 2.3883 million barrels per day.

It put the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate at 6.75 per cent, inflation rate at 9.5 per cent and Exchange Rate at N160 to one dollar.

Speaker Aminu Tambuwal commended the lawmakers for coming together to pass the budget.

According to him, the passage of the budget is for the common good of Nigerians.

The Senate, on Wednesday, passed a N4.695 trillion 2014 appropriation bill.

Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Zakari Mohammed described the passage of the 2014 budget “as an act of patriotism by members of the House”.

-      NAN

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