Federal revenue allocation declines by N25.3bn

Abuja, Dec. 7, 2017 (TNE) The Federal, State and Local Governments in the month of October shared N532.7 billion which shows a decline of N25.3 billion when compared to what they shared in September.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, revealed this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the monthly Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).

Isa-Dutse attributed the decline to the decrease in revenue from export sales of US$ 42.94 million due to a decrease in crude oil production by 1.25 million barrels.

He said that even though, the average price of crude oil increased from US$ 46.29 per barrel to US$ 48.66 per barrel, it will not be enough to make up for the loss in production.

“Some of the issues that impacted negatively on crude oil production were attributed to ageing facilities which resulted in shut-ins and shut-downs of pipelines at various terminals for repairs and maintenance.

“Petroleum Profit Tax increased significantly while Import Duty and Value Added Tax improved only significantly.

“Companies Income Tax and Oil Royalty recorded slight decreases in the month under review,” he said.

In summary, Isa-Dutse said after deductions as cost of collection by FIRS, Customs and DPR, the Federal Government received N205.7 billion, representing 52.68 per cent; and states N104.3 billion, representing 26.72 per cent.

The local governments, he said, received N80.4 billion, amounting to 20.60 per cent of the amount distributed.

Isa-Dutse announced that N40.8 billion, representing 13 per cent derivation revenue, was also shared among the oil producing states.

He said that the country generated N317.2 billion as mineral revenue and N124.4 billion as non-mineral revenue.

He said this showed an increase of N41.6 billion from what the country generated as mineral revenue and a decrease of N23.5 billion in non-mineral revenue from what was generated in September.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Commissioners of Finance Forum, Mr Mahmoud Yunusa, has apologised for the lateness in holding the meeting, which was supposed to have taken place on Nov. 23.

He said the meeting was cancelled by the state governors due to discrepancies found in revenue figures presented by some of the revenue generating agencies.

Yunusa confirmed that the NNPC has increased what they had initially presented to FAAC as what they had generated after the states showed their displeasure.

He said to avoid such occurrence, the states as a major stakeholder in NNPC, will henceforth keep “an eagle eye on the affairs of the NNPC”.

“Going forward, we will be fully involved in what the NNPC does to avoid this kind of errors in future. We will scrutinise their books,” he said.

(TNE)

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