…As 12 states miss out of $4.5m World Bank fiscal transparency grant***
The Federal, States and Local Governments on Wednesday shared a total of N647.35 billion for the month of January as the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting ended in Lagos.
Twelve States of the country, according to the World Bank on Tuesday, would however missed out of its $4.5million (N1.37 billion) State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for Results 2018 grant for not meeting the eligibility criteria.
The FAAC’s N647.35 billion shared is however, 9.63 per cent lower than the N716. 29 billion shared in December 2019.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse who highlighted this while briefing newsmen after the meeting, said the reduction in the allocation was due to what was provided by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for the month.
Isa-Dutse said the FIRS had explained that the shortfall of revenue was due to the reduction in economic activities which usually occurs in January, adding that revenue generation would improve as the months go by.
He said the N647.35 billion comprised Statutory Revenue, Value Added Tax (VAT), Exchange Gain, Non-Oil Revenue and Excess Bank Charges recovered.
The permanent secretary said as at Feb. 19, the balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) was $71.81 million.
Isa-Dutse said: “The gross statutory revenue for the month of January 2020 was N525.25 billion. This is lower than the N600.31 billion received in the previous month by N75.06 billion.
“For the month of January 2020, the gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) was N104.75 billion as against N114.80 billion in the previous month, resulting in a decrease of N10.04 billion.
“Exchange Gain yielded a total revenue of N1.04 billion, while the Non-Oil revenue was N16.29 billion.”
He said from the N647. 35 billion, the federal government got N267.38 billion, the state governments received N176.92 billion, and the local government councils received N132.94 billion.
Isa-Dutse said the Oil Producing States received N46.19 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue and the Revenue Generating Agencies received N23.90. billion as cost of revenue collection.
According to a communique released by FAAC, a breakdown of the distribution showed that from the gross statutory revenue of N525.25 billion, the federal government received N243.70 billion, the state governments received N123.61 billion and the local government councils received N95.29 billion.
“Also, the Oil Producing States received N46.07 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue and the Revenue Collecting Agencies received N16.56 billion as cost of collection.
“From the Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N104.75, the federal government received N14.61 billion and the state governments received N48.71 billion.
“The local government councils received N34.09 billion and the revenue generating agencies received N7.33 billion as cost of revenue collection.
“From the Exchange Gain revenue of N1.044 billion, the federal government received N0.48 billion, the state governments received N0.24 billion, the local government councils got N 0.19 billion and the oil producing states got N0.12 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue.
“From the Non-Oil revenue of N16.29 billion, the federal government got N8.58 billion, the State Governments got N4.35 billion, the local government councils got N3.35 billion, ” it said.
The communique confirmed that for the month of January 2020, there was a significant increase in Import Duty revenue while Companies Income Tax (CIT), Value Added Tax (VAT), Oil and Gas Royalties and Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) recorded decreases.
In the meantime, the World Bank indicated on Tuesday that 12 states missed out of its $4.5million (N1.37 billion) State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for Results 2018 grant over eligibility criteria.
Ms Yue Lee, Senior Economist and SFTAS Team Leader, World Bank Office in Nigeria, made the disclosure at the the ongoing Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) 2020 Retreat in Lagos.
She said that the Annual Performance Assessment (APA) for 2018 would be published on the SFTAS Website which would soon become operational, while disbursement to the 24 benefiting states would begin in March.
The SFTAS is an agreement signed between the Federal Government and the World Bank, designed to strengthen the fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainability in Nigerian States.
It aims to improve their revenue base, increase fiscal efficiency in public expenditure and reduce their debts with a grant of $750 million open to the 36 states between 2018 to 2021, according to their performances.
Lee said the states which were declared ineligible for 2018 failed to publish their annual budgets and audited financial statements as stipulated by the Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLI).
According to her, other eligibility criteria include improved budget reliability and reporting, increased citizens engagement in the budget process and implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
She said they also include strengthened Internally Generated Revenue collection, Biometric Registration and Bank Verification Number to reduce payroll fraud and improved procurement practices.
The economist said others were strengthening debt management, clearance of domestic expenditure arrears and improved debt sustainability.
She, however, expressed optimism that most states would meet the 2019 eligibility criteria and would therefore be able to benefit from the grant.
Also speaking, Mr Adamu Haruna, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Finance, commended the World Bank for initiating the programme, adding that the states would continue to put in efforts to meet the grant criteria.
“I think it is left for us to follow those things so that we are able to earn this money which is extra money for development purposes,” he said.