The Senate has granted President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for a domestic loan in the amount of N819.54 billion to repair the nation’s infrastructure.
The new loan, according to the president, will cover the budget item for capital expenditures in 2022.
More details: The following ministries are anticipated to be covered by the total amount of N819, 536,937,813.-
- Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development: N69,247,175,770
- Federal Ministry of Works and Housing: N704,789,762,043
- Federal Capital Territory: N30,000,000,000 and Federal Ministry of Water Resources: N15,500,000,000.
Buhari’s demand: President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan read a letter from Buhari that stated the following:
- “I am writing to ask for your consideration of amending expression clause 12 of the 2022 Act, as passed and assented to.
- “The 2022 Appropriation Acts specifies that, after it has been ratified, this Bill expires after 12 months, beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31, 2022, in accordance with the provisions of section 318 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
- Due to the late release of the funds, which will expire if the capital implementation is not extended past December 2022, the proposed 2022 appropriation supplementary budget that was submitted to the National Assembly for consideration as well as recent 2022 capital releases to the MDAs are likely to be used before December 31st, 2022.
According to Lawan, the 2022 budget’s implementation term will be extended until March 31, 2023, giving the President’s N819.5 billion 2022 supplementary budget the necessary time to be implemented.