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Senate begins work on MTEF/FSP August 19



Senate begins work on MTEF/FSP August 19

The Senate Chamber

Senate Committee on Finance said yesterday that it would begin legislative work on the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure and Fiscal Strategy Paper, MTEF/FSP on Wednesday, August 19.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 20 forwarded to both chambers of the National Assembly the 2021-2023 MTEF/FSP for their consideration and approval.

The document included N12.66 trillion budget estimates for 2021 and an estimated N5.16 trillion budget deficit for the fiscal year.

Chairman Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Solomon Adeola (APC Lagos West) disclosed in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja that invitations have been sent to ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs of the government with presentations to make on the document.

Adeola, in the statement signed by his media aide, Kayode Odunaro, said the MDAs are to appear before the Senate joint Committee on Finance, and National Planning.

He noted that there is need to examine the rationale for pegging the price of crude oil at $40 per barrel and a projected crude oil production of 1.86 million barrels per day, mbpd, in the MTEF/FSP document.

“We are kick-starting the process on Wednesday with Government Owned Enterprises(GOEs) like NNPC, NCC, NPA, Custom Service, NIMASA, DPR and others followed by the Ministry of Finance and its agencies and subsequently all revenue generating agencies,” he said.

Senate begins work on MTEF/FSP August 19

The lawmaker called on heads of MDAs to be prepared to defend their projections “as the Joint Committee intends to present the report to the Senate in plenary immediately on resumption from its ongoing vacation in tandem with the desire of the upper chamber to pass 2021 in December.”

Adeola insisted that there is need for thorough scrutiny of the MTEF/FSP document in view of the fluid nature of the world economy following the disruptive impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the vagaries of the international market for crude oil and its attendant effects on the nation’s sources of revenue.

“There is a need for all stakeholders to come together to critically study the fundamentals of the “new normal” forced on the global economy by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the instability witnessed in the price of crude oil at the international market and the sluggish world economy with some nations falling into recession, there is need to assess our situation critically and be realistic about our revenues sources for budgets going forward,” he said.

The MTEF/FSP document which was accompanied with a letter read at plenary by the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, was referred to the joint committee for further legislative works.

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