Nigeria’s cabinet proposes 3% economic growth target for 2021 budget

LAGOS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s cabinet proposed on Wednesday a 3% economic growth target and an 11.95% inflation target for its 2021 budget, a presidency aide said. The cabinet also plans to target a $40 per barrel oil benchmark and 1.86 million barrels per day of crude production in […]

LAGOS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s cabinet proposed on Wednesday a 3% economic growth target and an 11.95% inflation target for its 2021 budget, a presidency aide said.

The cabinet also plans to target a $40 per barrel oil benchmark and 1.86 million barrels per day of crude production in the budget, the aide said on his official Twitter account.



Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is seen at the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri


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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is seen at the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Nigeria’s economy contracted 6.1% in the second quarter of 2020 and now faces possible recession in the third, with the government expecting the economy to shrink by as much as 8.9% this year.

Low oil prices have also taken their toll on the African continent’s top producer, which relies on crude sales for 90% of foreign exchange earnings.

The Nigerian cabinet signed off on planned expenditure in 2021 of 13.08 trillion naira ($34.37 billion) with a deficit of 4.48 trillion naira, and set its expected exchange rate for the naira currency at 379 to the U.S. dollar, according to the aide.

The budget requires legislative and presidential approval before coming into effect, a process that can take months. ($1 = 380.6000 naira)

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