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A Disappointing FAAC Payout

By FBNQuest Research

The total monthly payout by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) to the three tiers of government retreated in August (from July revenues) to N468 billion ($1.53 billion) from N652 billion.

The payout in July, the highest for 12 months, now seems in the distant past, and the high hopes of a turnaround in non-oil revenue collection have been deflated.

We have often noted how the FGN is pinning its plans for capital spending and social interventions on such a turnaround. The debt service burden also threatens to soar out of control.

 The commentary from the federal finance ministry noted a sharp fall in the take from companies’ income tax (CIT), citing the expiry of the deadline for filing tax returns. This would suggest that the one-off seasonal boost lasted just one month (the surge in collection announced in June revenues), rather than the usual two (in July and August revenues in 2016).

The FGN’s payout was N193 billion. Even when we adjust for its sizeable independent revenue, we are well short of the projection in the 2017 budget of a monthly average of N429 billion from all sources.

The figures for mineral revenue tell a marginally better story. The commentary observed that the average crude price had inched upwards from $50.3/b in June to $51.1/b, and crude export volumes for the account of the federation by 1.2 million barrels.

The payout to state governments, independent of the 13 percent bonus of N32 billion for oil-producing states, amounted to N131 billion.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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