Defence, Internal Security Are Accorded Top Priority — President Tinubu Explains Details Of 2024 N27.5 Trn Budget



President Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, said Nigeria’s national defence and internal security are some of the top priorities of the 2024 ‘Budget of Renewed Hope’.

Tinubu said the nation’s internal security architecture will be overhauled to enhance law enforcement capabilities with a view to safeguarding lives, property, and investments across the country.

“Defence and internal security are accorded top priority. The internal security architecture will be overhauled to enhance law enforcement capabilities and safeguard lives, property and investments across the country,” the President said while addressing a joint session of the National Assembly on the 2024 Federal budget proposal in Abuja.

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He highlighted other priority areas such as local job creation, macro-economic stability, investment environment optimization, human capital development, poverty reduction, and social security.

Tinubu said the proposed budget prioritizes human capital development, with particular attention given to children, because human capital remains the most critical resource for national development.

“To improve the effectiveness of our budget performance, the government will focus on ensuring value for money, greater transparency, and accountability. In this regard, we will work more closely with development partners and the private sector.

“To address long-standing issues in the education sector, a more sustainable model of funding tertiary education will be implemented, including the Student Loan Scheme scheduled to become operational by January 2024,” the President affirmed.

“We expect the economy to grow by a minimum of 3.76 percent, above the forecasted world average. Inflation is expected to moderate to 21.4 percent in 2024. In preparing the 2024 Budget, our primary objective has been to sustain our robust foundation for sustainable economic development. A critical focus of this budget and the medium-term expenditure framework is Nigeria’s commitment to a greener future.”

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