November 2016 rounded up successfully after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the 2017 budget proposal for onward submission to National Assembly for final approval.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udu Udoma, made this known at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council in Abuja.
He stated that the approved document would soon be presented to the National Assembly by President Buhari, adding that the date for the presentation would be given by the National Assembly.
According to the minister, the document was prepared after extensive consultation with stakeholders and all the observations made against MTEF by the National Assembly was also addressed.
“One of the issues they (National Assembly) raised was about the exchange rate. That we used 290 as the exchange rate, and that was the exchange rate of the time.
“So, you only use the exchange rate that is valid at that time. Naturally by now you will change that. So, the numbers whenever we appear before the National Assembly we’ll engage them and take them through one by one, and through each items.
“But that MTEF was extremely well prepared consistent with the best possible methods of preparation by people who are very experienced in preparing MTEFs,” he said.
He stated that his ministry will continue to ensure regular briefing on the state of the 2016 budget implementation, saying that 80 per cent of the capital allocation of the budget had been released.
Also, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed that the council has approved the construction of Federal Secretariat Complex in Ekiti State and the furnishing of the Federal Secretariat in Gombe State.
He said the Council also approved the Business case for the concession of some Small Hydro dams to achieve Incremental Power supply across the country.
Hopefully, the 2017 budget will be readily available with the dawn of the new year, unlike the 2016 budget that took so many months of padding and adjustments to prepare.