Nigeria proposes $28.57bn 2019 draft budget

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Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma says cabinet has agreed to submit to lawmakers an 8.73 trillion naira ($28.57 billion) draft 2019 budget, a reduction from a record 9.12 trillion naira in 2018, the budget minister said.

Mr. Udoma said the 2019-2021 Medium Term Framework, a draft that needs to be approved by parliament before the budget is finalised, assumes an oil price of $60 per barrel and production of 2.3 million barrels per day.

Last week Udoma said the government planned to cut its 2019 budget as part of an effort to lower debt.

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, has experienced sluggish growth since it emerged early last year from its first recession in a quarter of a century. The recession was largely caused by lower crude prices and attacks on energy facilities in the Niger Delta, the oil production heartland.

Oil production, on which Nigeria relies for about two-thirds of government revenues, was at 1.9 million barrels per day in the second quarter against an estimated 2.3 million barrels per day budgeted for in 2018, the government said last week.

“Full details of the medium-term framework will be submitted to the National Assembly for approval soon,” Udoma told reporters in the capital Abuja after the weekly cabinet meeting.

The draft also assumes an exchange rate of 305 naira to the dollar and gross domestic product (GDP) rising by 2.01 percent. GDP was up 1.50 percent in the second quarter of 2018.

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