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We May Review 2020 Budget Over Coronavirus, Says Minister Of Finance

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The minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed has said the federal government may review the approved 2020 budget over the economic impact of coronavirus.

The 2020 budget of N10.59 trillion was passed by the national assembly on December 5, 2019, and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 17.

The budget was based on crude oil benchmark of $57 per barrel with a production capacity of 2.1 million barrels per day.

But the virus, which has spread through 64 countries, has negatively affected the price of crude oil, Nigeria’s major source of revenue.

Speaking with journalists at the end of the federal executive council meeting on Wednesday, the minister said there are concerns over the spread of the disease as it has economic impact.

She said crude oil production is now between two million and 2.1 million barrels per day, which is below the benchmark on which the budget was prepared.

Ahmed said a review will be done to determine if a budget adjustment will be enforced.

“We are concerned because it does have an impact on revenue and at the current crude oil price of $53 is below the budget bench mark. What we are doing is that we are studying the situation and when the budget was passed we committed to do a midterm review,” she said.

“We will do the midterm review and if the revenues are so significantly affected, we will have to do some revisions in the budget by way of budget adjustment.

“I will want to inform you that the crude production is now at 2 million barrels per day and in some days it has moved up to 2.1 million barrels per day, so that in itself will be a cushion.

“All the same we are not taking any measures now until we have a reasonable period to make a review and then we may need to make an adjustment of budget through working together with the national assembly.”

The minister also said the council approved the memo for the issuance of sovereign guarantee for the Ajaokuta- Kaduna-Kano pipeline.

She said the memo was jointly presented by her ministry and the ministry of petroleum resources.

 

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