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Nigeria’s Fiscal Dilemma: Rethinking Budget Funding Beyond Borrowing

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In a pivotal address to the joint Senate Committee evaluating the 2024-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP), Finance Minister Wale Edun emphasized the imperative for Nigeria to diversify its budgetary funding. The Minister asserted that the nation must move beyond excessive borrowing, urging a focus on revenue generation to alleviate the burden of high deficit financing.

Edun contended that a strategic shift towards investing in revenue-generating infrastructure projects is key to sustaining annual budgets. He highlighted the unsustainable nature of Nigeria’s existing borrowing profile, with 98% of government revenue allocated to debt servicing. The Minister underscored the need for increased spending on activities, particularly infrastructure, to stimulate economic growth.

Citing global economic dynamics, Edun pointed out that advanced countries are increasing interest rates to curb inflation and stabilize their economies. Consequently, he cautioned against foreign borrowing, deeming it an expensive avenue for developing countries. His statements align with a broader sentiment that Nigeria needs to reevaluate its fiscal approach in the face of evolving international economic conditions.

In a related event, Edun addressed concerns about declining foreign investor interest in Nigeria’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Rising inflation in Western countries and efforts to maintain high-interest rates, he noted, have dampened foreign investors’ enthusiasm. This trend forces the Nigerian government to seek alternative solutions and investments from the corporate sector, emphasizing the importance of domestic resource mobilization.

Simultaneously, the Senate Committee scrutinizing the MTEF-FSP document expressed apprehensions about poor revenue projections and non-remittances by government agencies. Highlighting leakages and delays in revenue remittances, the committee called for a thorough investigation into fund misappropriation. Concerns were raised regarding shortfalls experienced by the Nigerian Customs Service due to incidents of waivers, prompting inquiries into the entities issuing such waivers.

As Nigeria grapples with fiscal challenges and seeks innovative solutions, the focus remains on cultivating domestic resources and ensuring transparent financial practices.

Source: The Guardian 

 

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