The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, on Tuesday in Abuja, said that N345 billion was shared among the federal, states and local governments as revenue for February 2015.

Mrs Adeosun, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mahmoud Isa Dutse, announced this when she addressed newsmen on the outcome of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting.

She said that the shared amount comprised the month’s statutory revenue of N270.5 billion.

“Also, there is the exchange gain of N3.49 billion which is proposed for distribution.

“Therefore the total revenue distributable for the month of February including VAT of N64.7 billion is N387.7 billion,” she said.

Mrs Adeosun said also that the money shared included the N6.3 billion refunded to the federation by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that N370.3 billion was shared to the three tiers of government as revenue for the month of January. This shows an increase of N25.2 billion in revenue.

Giving the breakdown of revenue among the three tiers of government, Mrs Adeosun said the Federal Government received N127. 2 billion, representing 52.68 per cent; states, N64.5 billion, representing 26.72 per cent.

The local governments, she said, received N49.7 billion, amounting to 20.60 per cent of the amount distributed.

She announced that N22.7 billion, representing 13 per cent derivation revenue, was shared among oil producing states.

Mrs. Adeosun said the country generated N176.3 billion as mineral revenue and N94.1 billion as non-mineral revenue in February.

She said this showed an increase of N2.7 billion and a decrease of N23.1 billion from what the country generated as mineral and non-mineral revenue in the preceding month.

She said that for the first time since July 2015, the government has credited its Excess Crude Account.

She put the new balance at 2.26 billion dollars, which showed that about one million dollars was credited.

Mrs Adeosun said vandalism of oil pipelines, among other factors, continued to negatively impact on oil revenue generation.

She said the shut-in, shut-down of production for repairs resulted in shortfall due to technical hitches at different terminals throughout the month, impacting negatively on crude oil and gas revenue.

Also, there was revenue loss of 45.9 million dollars as a result of drop in income recorded from Oil and Gas Royalty, Companies Income Tax and Import Duty.

When asked about the ongoing recovery of looted funds, Mrs Adeosun said she could not give any data for now, because some issues around it were under litigation.


Source: PremiumTimesNG

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