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Revenue diminishes by N371bn in August, lowest in three months

Nigeria’s revenue dropped by N371 billion to N885.5 billion in August 2022, the lowest in three months.

In the last two months, the country’s revenue crossed N1 trillion — with N1.22 trillion in June and N1.26 trillion in July 2022.

The office of the accountant-general of the federation said this in its monthly report for the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) on Friday.

The report showed that the figure represented a 29 per cent dip in the monthly revenue compared to July 2022 and 24 percent compared to June 2022.

According to the document, statutory revenues amounted to N654.36 billion, while value-added tax increased from N190.26 billion in July to N231.17 billion in August.

Statutory revenues include collections by Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Nigeria Customs and others.

For the month, distribution among the three tiers of government slumped by N280.948 billion to N673.137 billion when put aside the N954.085 shared in July.

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Of the amount, the federal government received N259.641 billion, states received N222.949 billion, and the local government councils received N164.247 billion.

Nigeria is struggling with revenue generation owing to low oil production and oil theft in the Niger Delta region.

Speaking at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum in New York on Friday, Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, said Nigeria only has a revenue problem, not a debt problem.

At $100.1 billion or N14.6 trillion, Ahmed explained that “Nigeria’s debt is 24 percent of the nominal GDP and below 40 percent threshold set in the debt management strategy”.

“Nigeria operates a four-year rolling medium-term strategy which guides the borrowing strategy of the federal government. And we have specific indices that we closely monitor. The public debt that we set is 40 percent, and we are at 24 percent,” she had said.
The World Bank has asked Nigeria to optimise its tax system and focus on other areas to boost revenue.

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