Budget deficit: Govt may sell TBS, NIPPs, 25 key assets

Amid Nigeria’s fiscal crisis, the Federal Government is compiling the list of assets that will be either sold or ‘concessioned’ to fund the 2023 budget deficit of N10.7tn.

Sources at the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning told The PUNCH that the government was considering selling or concessioning the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos as well as all the National Integrated Power Projects in Olorunsogo, Calabar II, Benin (located at Ihorbor), Omotosho II and Geregu II plants.

The government is also planning to sell or concession all the hydro power plants across the country, including Oyan, Lower Usuma, Katsina-Ala and Giri plants.

More than 25 of such projects will be turned into active assets that will be generating money in some ways to the Federal Government.

Some of them will be offered to investors for equity while others will be totally sold to reduce waste.

The government is also eyeing revenue from Calabar and Kano free zones as well as Abuja Water Board, Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria, National Film Corporation, National Theatre and Lagos International Trade Fair.

The government is also planning to relinquish the ownership of some of the basin authorities and hand them over to the private sector to manage.

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