FG considers $20 per barrel benchmark for 2020 budget

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed

The Federal Government on Tuesday revealed plans to cut the oil price benchmark for the 2020 budget to $20 per barrel.

The development would make it the second time the Federal Government is slashing the oil benchmark ‎for the 2020 budget.

The sharp fall in the price of crude oil had earlier forced the government to slash the benchmark from $57 per barrel to $30.

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed the Federal Government’s intention to further slash the benchmark on Tuesday, according to a report by Reuters.

The report said Ahmed spoke during a web conference which focused on the impact of low oil prices on Nigeria’s economy.

“We are in the process of an amendment that is bringing down the revenue indicator to $20 per barrel,” the minister said at the conference.

The decline in revenue following the sharp fall in the price of crude oil is already taking a toll on Nigeria’s economy and Ahmed had in March disclosed that the N10.59tn 2020 budget would be slashed by 15 per cent.

The minister, at the web conference, also said Nigeria’s oil and gas projects will be delivered later than originally planned as a result of upstream budget cuts.

The Federal Government is planning to cut oil production to 1.7 million barrels per day from the 2.1 million barrels per day proposed in the 2020 budget.

The planned production cut is to be made in line with an agreement brokered by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, of which Nigeria is a member.

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