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Budget Deficit: Lagos estimates N1.23 trillion revenue to fund N1.76 trillion 2022 budget

The Lagos budget commissioner said that the budget deficit would be funded by a combination of internal, external loans and bond issuance.

• January 8, 2022
Sanwo-Olu, busy Lagos outdoor
Composite of Sanwo-Olu and busy Lagos outdoor used to illustrate the story

The Lagos State 2022 budget will run on a N521.275 billion deficit as the government targets N1.237 trillion revenue for the N1.76 trillion Appropriation Bill signed into law.

The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Sam Egube made this known during a news briefing on the analysis of the 2022 dudget, tagged ”Budget of Consolidation”.

Mr Egube said that the budget deficit would be funded by a combination of internal, external loans and bond issuance.

The commissioner noted that the deficit funding requirement of ₦521.275 billion was at 21 per cent of debt service to total revenue of the state.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had presented a proposed 2022 Appropriation Bill of N1.388 trillion to the Lagos State House of Assembly for consideration and assent on November 24, 2021.

Also, an amended bill of N1.758 trillion was subsequently passed on December 29, 2021, by the State House of Assembly and was signed into law by Mr Sanwo-Olu on December 31, the same year.

Mr Egube, however, said that the total budget size of N1.758 trillion would be funded from a total revenue estimate of N1.237 trillion.

This comprises the Total Internally Generated Revenue (TIGR) of N980.654 billion, Capital Receipts of N142.743 billion, and Federal Transfer of N256.268 billion.

The commissioner said that 73.5 per cent (N599,04 billion) of the projected TIGR is expected to be contributed by Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), while about 19.2 per cent (N156.65 billion) is expected to be generated by other MDAs of government.

“The approved 2022 Budget of N1.758 trillion made up of N1.167 trillion Capital Expenditure and N591.281 billion Recurrent Expenditure, resulting in a Capital to Recurrent ratio of 66:34, is strongly in favour of Capital Expenditure.

“Total Revenue is estimated at N1.237 trillion while deficit funding requirement is N521.275 billion, which at 21 per cent of debt service to total revenue is within the fiscal sustainability benchmarks of 40 per cent,” Mr Egube said.

He added that the overriding budget objective is to achieve a budget of consolidation to substantially complete existing and ongoing infrastructure projects essential to statewide economic and social development.

(NAN)

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