The Senate Wednesday considered and passed a budget of N4.69 trillion for the 2014 fiscal year.
The amount represents an increase of N53billion of the N4.64 trillion 2014 budget estimates presented to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan through the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on December 19, 2013.
Of the amount, N408.69 billion was approved for statutory transfers against the N399.69bn proposed by the executive, while the sum of N712bn was approved for debt service as proposed.
The Senate also approved the sum of N2.45bn for recurrent non-debt expenditure while the sum of N1.12bn was approved for capital expenditure for the 2014 fiscal year.
The executive had proposed a recurrent expenditure of N2.43bn and capital expenditure of N1.1bn.
Major highlights of the approved budget are: Benchmark oil price – $77.5 per barrel; Crude oil production – 2.3883million barrels per day; Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate – 6.75 per cent; Inflation rate – 9.5 per cent and Exchange Rate – N160.00 to $1.00.