2018 Budget Hampering Nigeria’s Economic Target — LCCI
LCCI President Babatunde Ruwase/File

The late passage of the 2018 budget is hampering the country’s aim of becoming one of the top 20 economies by 2020, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)

This was made in a statement by the Director General of LCCI Muda Yusuf over the weekend.

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According to him, “If funds for critical projects are not disbursed on time, the tempo of economic activities will be reduced, dragging the economy into a state of inertia and economic decline.

“The late passage of the budget is therefore a threat to achieving the ERGP targets and to Nigeria’s goal of becoming one of the top 20 economies by 2020”

“Capital expenditure such as infrastructural development, construction work and payment of contractors will also be affected. This is especially of concern when these funds are meant to be channeled towards sectors that improve the ease of doing business, such as transportation and electricity.”

He added that the , “Delay in passing the budget therefore slows down their activities, with negative economic consequences.

“In addition to adversely affecting the economy, slow provision of critical infrastructure needed to boost industrial activity negatively affects the country’s ability to export locally made products, and therefore reduces its revenue and foreign exchange from non-oil exports; and, there is also the issue of inadequate absorptive capacity as the country may not be able to spend so much money in such little time. This may result in dislocations in the macroeconomy.”