Federal Government recorded N889.61 fiscal deficit in 2018, CBN reveals

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Figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the Federal Government recorded a fiscal deficit of N889.61bn in its operations between January and September of last year.

The 2018 budget which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari had a total spending of N9.1tn made up of N2.87tn for capital expenditure, N3.51tn for recurrent (non-debt) expenditure while N2.01tn was projected to be spent on debt servicing.

According to the President, the budget was expected to be financed from N2.99tn to be generated from oil revenue, N31.25bn from Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas dividend while N1.17bn was expected to be realised through revenue from minerals and mining.

The Federal Government also planned to generate N658.55bn from Companies Income Tax, N207.51bn from Value Added Tax, N324.86bn from Customs while N57.87bn was expected to come from federation account levies.

Similarly, the government was expected to raise N847.95bn through independent revenue from its agencies, while tax amnesty income, signature bonus and unspent balance from previous years was to provide N87.84bn, N114.3bn and N250bn respectively.

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The report of the CBN showed that, in the first quarter of 2018, the government recorded about N902.64bn in revenue while its expenditure was put at N1.59tn, resulting in a deficit of N697.1bn for that quarter.

In the second quarter of 2018, the revenue of the Federal Government was put at N896.74bn with expenditure of N988.91bn, resulting into a deficit of N92.17bn.

For the third quarter, the government recorded revenue of N950.61bn while it incurred total expenditure of N1.05tn. This implied a fiscal deficit of N100.33bn.

The CBN report reads that “of the total revenue, Federation Account accounted for 86.7 per cent, while Federal Government Independent Revenue, VAT, Exchange Gain, NNPC Refund and Excess Non-oil accounted for 4.8, 4.2, 3.2, 0.6 and 0.5 per cent, respectively.

“The estimated Federal Government expenditure for the third quarter of 2018 stood at N1.05tn and was below the proportionate quarterly budget estimate of N2.37tn by 55.8 per cent.

“It was, however, above the level in the preceding quarter by 6.3 per cent.

“A breakdown of the total expenditure showed that the recurrent component accounted for 82.4 per cent, while capital and statutory  transfers accounted for 12.5 and 5.1 per cent, respectively.

“A further breakdown of the recurrent expenditure showed that the non-debt component accounted for 40.9 per cent, while debt service payment was 59.1 per cent.”

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