BUHARI TO PRESENT 2016 BUDGET TODAY
President Muhammadu Buhari will today, Tuesday December 22, present the 2016 national budget before a joint session of the National Assembly.
This was disclosed to state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting which held on Monday in the council chambers of the Presidential Villa, designed to fine-tune the document.
The meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, also discussed the new tax regime following a memo by the Attorney General of the Federation.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said that the memo is seeking a review of the taxation laws in order to improve the legal framework and enhance compliance by Nigerians.
The 6.07 trillion Naira budget proposal for 2016 was predicated on $38 per barrel oil benchmark; 197 Naira exchange rate.
It is an increase of about 40 per cent from the previous budget of 4.357 trillion Naira which was presented to the National Assembly in 2014 by ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
The budget presentation by President Buhari is coming just as the National Assembly approved the Medium Term Framework Expenditure (MTEF).
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had on December 7 approved the Medium Term Expenditure Framework which pegs the 2016 Budget at six trillion Naira.