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ABUJA, Nigeria – Nigeria’s government has approved a supplementary budget of 2.176 trillion naira, equivalent to $2.8 billion, in a strategic move aimed at addressing pressing national priorities. The announcement was made by Budget Minister Atiku Bagudu during a press conference held in Abuja.

The supplemental budget is a critical step to address pressing issues, with a significant allocation of 605 billion naira set aside for national defense and security. This allocation underscores the government’s commitment to sustaining recent improvements in security and ensuring that security agencies have the necessary resources to carry out their duties effectively.

Moreover, the budget also earmarks 300 billion naira for bridge repairs, including essential structures like the Coal and Midland Bridges. These repairs are vital for improving transportation networks and bolstering Nigeria’s overall infrastructure development.

President Bola Tinubu assumed office in May amidst an economic landscape characterized by slow growth and escalating national debt. His administration faced the challenge of alleviating economic hardships, especially after introducing significant reforms, such as the discontinuation of the long-standing petrol subsidy. This reform resulted in a three-fold increase in pump prices, coupled with a depreciation of the naira by over 50%, which had a cascading impact on prices in Nigeria, Africa’s leading oil producer and the continent’s most populous nation.

To mitigate the economic challenges faced by Nigerian households, the government is set to transfer 25,000 naira to 15 million households between October and December. This initiative is made possible through a $800 million loan from the World Bank, secured in April, with the aim of cushioning the effects of economic reforms on vulnerable households.

The supplementary budget goes beyond security and household support. It also allocates funds for other vital areas, such as agricultural inputs for farmers, nationwide road construction and maintenance, and additional pay for federal workers from September to December.

These strategic steps follow the recent approval of a 2024 budget totaling 26.01 trillion naira, equivalent to $34 billion, demonstrating the government’s dedication to strengthening Nigeria’s economy and addressing both immediate and long-term challenges. President Tinubu’s administration is working diligently to strike a balance between economic stability, security, and the welfare of its citizens within a rapidly evolving global landscape.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

30th October, 2023

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