The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun said at the weekend that the federal government has released up to N1 trillion for Capital projects to Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for 2016 budget.
According to Adeosun, the record N1trillion capital injection is the highest ever budgetary release in Nigeria’s annual funding for capital projects and would help government’s drive to bring the country out of recession.
“So far, N1 trillion has been released on capital and this is the highest so far in the history of this country. With the current stability in oil price and the return of normalcy in Niger Delta, I am sure we will do more this year (2017),” she said at an interactive exchange with members of the House of Representatives Tactical Committee on Recession in her office in Abuja.
The finance minister said the amount was released for various projects including the commencement of the construction of a dual standard railway line that would link Lagos and Kano, rehabilitation of roads, expanding irrigation facilities to boost agriculture and the upgrading of aviation infrastructure throughout the country.
She said that the components of the releases include aggregate releases to the MDAs of N870, 055, 792, 283.00 billion as at the end of February 2017 and additional releases of N65, 393, 920, 000 billion. Others were Manual Authority to Incur Expenditure (AIEs) in February 2017 in the sum of N11, 179, 173, 711.42 billion and an additional Manual AIEs worth N45, 804, 709, 077.20 billion as at March 13, 2017.
Adeosun noted that the overall capital releases totalling N992, 433, 595, 071.42 billion have made impact on the Nigerian economy, by creating jobs, stimulating economic activities in communities and upgrading infrastructure, thereby improving the wellbeing of Nigerians.
The Federal Government’s drive to devote more resources to capital projects, especially the upgrading of the country’s infrastructure, the Federal Executive Council at its meeting on March 22, 2017, approved the reconstruction of 12 more major highways across the country at the
contract sum of N80 billion.
The Minister added that contractors returning to project sites around the country have employed workers, contributed to economic growth and improved the wellbeing of Nigerians in line with the strategic objectives of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We are determined to transform the economy and this is why we are focused on capital expenditure. If we have our rail, road and power, then we will be able to generate jobs and prosperity,” Salisu Na’inna Dambatta, Director IInformation at the ministry of finance quoted the minister to have said.