Govt’s half year revenues dip, says minister

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Udoma Udo Udoma

11 October 2016, Abuja – Nigeria managed to raise only 55 per cent of its six-month revenue target in the first six months of 2016, its budget minister said on Monday.

“We have not been able to meet overheads (such as travel allowances) but have concentrated on capital expenditure,” Udoma Udo Udoma told a business conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The 2016 budget has a volume of N6.06 trillion ($30.6 billion), but the government has struggled to fund it as oil production has fallen below the target of 2.2 million barrels a day due to militant attacks in the Niger Delta.

He also said Nigeria hopes to get a loan “soon” from the World Bank, part of efforts to raise as much as $5 billion to fund a deficit of N2.2 trillion.

Nigeria can expect a loan worth $1 billion to support its budget from the African Development Bank (AfDB), its president said last week.

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