Ahmed advocates saving as Federal, states, local govts share N698.710bn for September

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The federal, states and local governments on Thursday shared a total of N648.710 billion for the month of September 2018.

Gross statutory revenue for the month was N569.281 billion, which was lower than the N627.139 billion shared in August by N57.858 billion.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, who presided over the monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, meeting welcomed members, and harped on the need for saving by the three tiers of government.

She also tasked members of the committee on the need to maintain transparency, stressing that, “We have to save. We are not only saving for today but for tomorrow”.

In a communique signed by Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, the distributable statutory revenue for the month at N569.281 billion and the total revenue distributable for the month at N648.710 billion.

“Crude oil export sales increased by 0.17 million barrels resulting in increased revenue to the Federation of $8.48 million.

“However the average unit price dropped from $77.10 to $75.69.

“There was shut down of pipelines which resulted in shut-in of production at various pipelines.

“Revenue from Royalties increased significantly while Value Added Tax, VAT, Petroleum Profit Tax, PPT, and Companies Income Tax, CIT, decreased significantly.”

The breakdown for the month of September shows that the gross revenue available from the VAT was N79.154 billion as against N114.542 billion distributed in the preceding month, resulting in a decrease of N35.388 billion.

The report also indicated that while the federal government got N277.197 billion, the state and local governments got N172.810 billion and 130.534 billion respectively.

Derivation (13 per cent of mineral revenue) amounts to N52.596 billion and cost of collection/transfer and FIRS Refund was put at N15.572 billion.

“The distributable Statutory Revenue for the month is N569.281 billion. The total revenue distributable for the month (including VAT and Exchange Gain Difference) is N648.710 billion.

“The next FAAC meeting will hold during National Council of Finance and Economic Development, NACOFED, proposed for Wednesday, November 28, 2018, in Kaduna.”

Meanwhile, the report of the committee on the Excess Crude Account, ECA, was stepped down and withdrawn to enable the committee to rework and represent it at the next meeting.

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