The Federal Government pegged oil benchmark price for $75 per barrel of crude oil in the 2013 budget proposal. This according to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would shore up the economy and make for macroeconomic stability. Okonjo-Iweala, who spoke to journalists shortly after the presentation of the 2013 budget proposals to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan said $75 was the sensible price to fix the benchmark.
The National Assembly, however, is insisting on a benchmark of $80 per barrel, after backing down from $85 that its joint committee had earlier recommended. The minister said the budget was predicated on the assumption that the country would produce 2.53 million barrels of crude oil daily. According to her, another reason that makes the $75 benchmark attractive to the Executive arm of government is the need to ensure prudent management of finances.