It is my honor to welcome you all to this public presentation of the 2014 Federal Government Budget proposal. My profound appreciation goes to President Goodluck E. Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo under whose guidance the 2014 Budget was prepared. I also thank the leadership of the National Assembly and Chairs of the Finance and Appropriation Committees. I commend the Chair and Deputy Chair of the House Appropriation Committee for taking the time to be here today. Let me also thank my Cabinet colleagues for their understanding, especially as they had to work with limited resources to draw up their budgets. The Budget is our collective statement, and it has benefited from many constructive contributions.
I acknowledge the efforts of all other relevant stakeholders and especially the staff of the Budget Office of the Federation for their hard work in preparing the Budget. My sincere thanks to them all. Before I discuss the contents of the Budget, please permit me to take a few minutes to make some introductory comments which I think will provide some context for the rest of the Budget speech today. See full content of speech:CME_2014_BudgetSpeech