Capital Releases exceed N1.2trn in 2016

 The Federal Ministry of Finance has released details of the N1.2 trillion capital releases made, as the 2016 budget circle ends.
 A statement signed by Salisu Na’Inna Dambatta, Director (Information), said “in line with Government’s increased focus on capital expenditure, the following releases were made.
“Power, Works  and  Housing received the largest allocation of N307,411,749,682,    followed by Defence and  Security, N171,900,597,013 and Transport and  Aviation, N143,121,925,241.
“Other sectors were Agriculture and Water Resources; and Education and  Health. These sectors accounted for 62 per cent of total capital released. We have focused our capital spend on priority sectors to stimulate economic activities and job creation.”
Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun said:  “Despite the challenges in 2016, the Federal Government was able to achieve fully cash-backed capital releases of N1.2 trillion, which is a reflection of our commitment to infrastructure development.”
 These capital releases exclude the capital element in releases to statutory agencies such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Judiciary.
 As we go forward, the Government intends to attract private capital to compliment Government spending in these key areas.


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