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President Jonathan Removes Fuel Subsidy

President Goodluck Jonathan removes fuel subsidy President Goodluck Jonathan Reading The Budget

Dec 14, 2011 – President Jonathan Removes Petrol Subsidy

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday afternoon presented N4.749 trillion 2012 Budget proposal to a joint session of National Assembly while he carefully avoided comments on the contentious issue of proposed removal of petroleum subsidy in his budget speech to the National Assembly. Analysts however contended that the fact that there was no allocation for payment of subsidy in the proposal confirmed speculations that the President may have gone ahead to use his executive fiat to carry out the policy as have been variously speculated. Security  got the highest allocation of N921.91 billion in the budget proposal.

According to the President, the budget is anchored on the  assumption of oil production of 2.48 million barrels per day (mbpd) up from 2.3mbpd for 2011; benchmark oil price of US$70/barrel, a cautious revision from the US$75/barrel approved in the 2011 Amended Budget; exchange rate of NGN155/US$; projected GDP growth rate of 7.2 per cent and projected inflation rate of 9.5 per cent. naijagists.com

President Jonathan said the assumptions reflect “Government’s determination to maintain prudence in the face of continued uncertainties in the external environment”. He added that “based on the above, the fiscal deficit is projected at about 2.77% of GDP in the 2012 Budget compared to 2.96% in 2011. This is within the threshold stipulated in the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 and clearly highlights our commitment to fiscal prudence as a way to create more space for the private sector”.

Other highlights of the budget include government plans to increase the import duties on imported brown and police rice as well as wheat as from July next year, an action which will definitely see Nigerians pay more for the food products. But there are also incentives proposed in the budget for those interested in going into rice farming and production of cassava.

The N4.749 trillion budget proposal by President Jonathan is an increase of six per cent over the N4.484 trillion aggregate expenditure for the passing year.  Capital expenditure has an allocation of N1.32 trillion representing a 15 per cent increase over the amount approved in the 2011 Budget.  President Jonathan said emphasis will be laid on the completion of critical infrastructure projects in the new fiscal year.  As announced by the President in the budget speech, the aggregate expenditure comprises N398 billion for Statutory Transfers, N560 billion for Debt Service underscoring the real need to address the rising domestic debt profile, and N2.472 trillion for Recurrent (Non-Debt) Expenditure.  President Jonathan said government is determined to reign in ballooning public expenditure.

Allocations to some critical sectors of the economy are as follows: Security – N921.91 billion; Power [including Bulk Trader, Nelmco, and Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO)] -N161.42 billion; Works – N180.8 billion; Education [excluding Universal Basic Education Commission, Petroleum Technology Development Trust Fund (PTDF)  & Education Trust Fund] – N400.15 billion; Health – N282.77 billion; and Agriculture & Rural Development – N78.98 billion. Others are: Water Resources – N39 billion; Petroleum Resources – N59.66 billion; Aviation – N49.23 billion; Transport – N54.83 billion; Lands & Housing – N26.49 billion; Science & Technology – N30.84 billion; Niger Delta – N59.72 billion; Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) – N45.57 billion and Communications Technology  – N18.31 billion. naijagists.com

The 2012 Budget, as our collaborative effort, has taken the welfare of Nigerians as top priority. In an environment of global uncertainties and domestic challenges, the strong support of the National Assembly is invaluable for us to achieve our set developmental goals”, said Jonathan. (pm news)

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Imiebiakhe T. O

    December 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    I PRAY WE NAIJA’S DON’T FACE MORE HARDSHIP DURING HIS REGIME. I DON’T KNOW IF DIS IS A DRAWN PLAN TO INFLICT SUFFERING ON NIGERIANS. DESPITE ALL THESE OUR GREEDINESS WE NOT MAKE US SEE IN DA NEXT ELECTION AND VOTE RIGHT. I PRAY UNCLE JOE IS JUST NOT A WRONG CHOICE. INCREASE OF IMPORTATIONS DUTIES, REMOVAL OF FUEL SUBSIDY… EEEEH!!! GOD ABEG O. ONLY THE REMOVAL OF FUEL SUBSIDY WILL SHAKE D CITIZENS IN ALL ASPECT NOT TO TALK OF THE ODA. OLUWA OOOOO GBA WA!!! DEM DEY BLOW BOMB EVERY WHERE, NA DURING HIS REGIME NOTHING HAS BE DONE THAT BUT EVERY DAY NA CALCULATION OF BILLIONS WEY HE GO GET FOR REMOVAL OF FUEL SUBSIDY HE DEY DO. NO BE ME TALK AM OO “SE NA MAN ABI NA WO….” UNCLE BI?

  2. st.esiri

    December 14, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    All dis will b dsame lootin.. Oga pres mke u no 4get say 80% of nigerians na poor people pres ar u sure u kno wht u doin or d money no de reach steal again

  3. Ebu friday

    December 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    why sit here till we die was the statement made by some lepers xperiencing hardship during their time.nothing good happened to dem till they were determined to change their situations. Until we are ready to say no to exploitation,oppression,suppression and fight 4 our right from the hands of these same cabals,naija situation will be getting worse.this is the best opportunity to stand with one accord and let our leaders know that enuf is enuf 4 regime dat make life miserable for the masses.

  4. Pastor. Thompson J.A.A Ogah

    December 17, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    I will not be persinistic about the future of our great nation, niether will i judge our PRESIDENT with the mistake of the past leaders that have led. I am trusting GOD for him. Nigeria will change. It’s takes an individual to bring about CHANGE, and when it comes people pay price. LOOK AT GERMANY, CHINA….., So it’s our turn. We should rather fight those that have impovrish us over the TIME. They are the same element fighting all those GROUPS, but i trust, GOD will withstand them now.

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