- The price of oil has risen to $60 per barrel, and has shored up confidence in the 2019 budget estimates
- The budget estimates placed the oil price dependent revenue at $60 per barrel
- However, a source from OPEC, who craved anonymity, says the market is still uncertain, adding that price can leap further or drop, even beyond expectation.
The price of oil has raised hope for Nigeria's 2019 budget as it increased to $60 per barrel following the resolve of members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) not to pump excess oil into the volatile market.
Vanguard reports that OPEC has continued to withdraw excess oil from the international market. According to report, prices of Brent, West Texas Intermediate, WTI, and OPEC Basket of 14 crude stand at $60.00, $59.91 and $56.11 per barrel respectively.
Legit.ng gathers that a source from OPEC said the market was still uncertain in the market as price could leap further or drop, even beyond expectation.
The secretary general of OPEC, Dr Muhammad Barkindo, said, while speaking in Angola a few days ago, said: “OPEC knew it had to act in the face of this potential calamity. Throughout 2016, extensive consultations were undertaken with our non-OPEC partners, aimed at building consensus about the strategic urgency of rebalancing the global oil market in a collective manner.
“Twenty-four (now twenty–five) oil producing nations agreed at the first OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting held on the 10th of December 2016 in Vienna, on a concerted effort to accelerate the stabilization of the global oil market through voluntary adjustments in total production of around 1.8 million barrels per day.
“What would become clearer in time is that one of the greatest inherent strengths of the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ (DoC) was its flexibility, grounded on the core principles of equity, fairness and transparency. Over the last two years, the partners have been able to modify course depending on conditions in the market.
"When the market appeared skewed to oversupply, we have reacted accordingly, and equally, when consumers expressed concerns regarding demand outpacing supply, the partners in the DoC have taken appropriate action.”
During the presentation of the budget proposals to the National Assembly in December 2108, President Mohammadu Buhari had stated: ‘‘Notwithstanding the recent softening in international oil prices, the considered view of most reputable analysts is that the downward trend in oil prices in recent months is not necessarily reflective of the outlook for 2019.
“However, as a responsible Administration, we will continue to monitor the situation and will respond to any changes in the international oil price outlook for 2019. With regard to oil production, I have directed the NPPC to take all possible measures to achieve the targeted oil production of 2.3 million barrels per day.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, proposed a budget of N8.83 trillion for 2019 to a joint session of the National Assembly, saying the budget was prepared after wide consultations.
According to the budget, about a quarter of the sum (N2.14 trillion) will be used for debt servicing while N2.031 trillion will be used for capital expenditure.
Proposed recurrent expenditure is N4.04 trillion, statutory transfer is N492.36 billion, there is a sinking fund of N120 billion, while capital expenditure is N2.031 trillion.
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