The 2020 budget on Tuesday was presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Below are some of the key capital spending allocations in the 2020 Budget:
a. Works and Housing: N262 billion;
b. Power: N127 billion;
c. Transportation: N123 billion;
d. Universal Basic Education Commission: N112 billion;
e. Defence: N100 billion;
f. Zonal Intervention Projects: N100 billion;
g. Agriculture and Rural Development: N83 billion;
h. Water Resources: N82 billion;
i. Niger Delta Development Commission: N81 billion;
j. Education: N48 billion;
k. Health: N46 billion;
l. Industry, Trade and Investment: N40 billion;
m. North East Development Commission: N38 billion;
n. Interior: N35 billion;
o. Social Investment Programmes: N30 billion;
p. Federal Capital Territory: N28 billion; and
q. Niger Delta Affairs Ministry: N24 billion.
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While presenting the 2020 budget on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari told the lawmakers that although government’s actual spending has reduced, his administration plans to leverage private sector funding through our tax credit schemes will ensure our capital programmes are sustained.
“For example, we launched the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme, pursuant to which I have approved the construction and rehabilitation of 19 Nigerian roads and bridges of 794.4km across 11 States. Indeed, the Scheme has attracted private investment of over N205 billion and the first set of tax credits are being processed by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
“As I mentioned during my Independence Day Speech, under the Presidential Power Initiative, we will modernise the National Grid in 3 phases; starting from 5 Gigawatts to 7 Gigawatts, then to 11 Gigawatts by 2023, and finally 25 Gigawatts afterwards in collaboration with the German Government and Siemens,” the President stated.