Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, in Abuja on Tuesday 26 January, said N387.8 billion was shared among the federal, states and local governments as revenue for December, 2015. Mrs Adeosun was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, and he announced this while addressing 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 N315 billion.
“Also, there is the exchange gain of N4.5 billion which is proposed for distribution. And the shared included the N6.3bn refunded to the federation account by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). “Therefore, the total revenue distributable for the month of December, including VAT of N62 billion, is N387.8 billion,” she said.
Recalling that N369.9 billion was shared to the three tiers of government as revenue for the month of November, this month’s allocation shows an increase of N17.9 billion.
Further illustrating the revenue allocation among the three tiers of government, Adeosun said the Federal Government received N147.5 billion, representing 52.68 per cent while states got N74.8 billion, representing 26.72 per cent. The local governments received N57.7 billion, amounting to 20.60 per cent of the amount distributed.
She said N42.05 billion, representing 13 per cent derivation revenue was shared among the oil-producing states. Adeosun also announced that during the month under review, Nigeria Liquified Natural (NLN) Gas paid a dividend of 150 million dollars which had earlier been distributed to the three tiers of government.
The Minister said that the country generated N214.6 billion as mineral revenue and N100.3 billion as non-mineral revenue in December. This showed an increase of N16.04 billion and N1.5 billion respectively from what the country generated in the preceding month. She declared the balance in the Excess Crude Account was $2.25 billion, indicating that nothing had been removed or added since July 2015.
Adeosun said acts of vandalism on oil pipelines among other factors had continued to negatively impact on oil revenue generation. She said shut-in, shut-down of production for repairs, production shortfall due to technical hitches at different terminals throughout the month impacted negatively on crude oil and gas revenue. According to her, there was a revenue loss of $143.9 million as a result of reduction in federation export sales and drop in the average price of crude oil from 49.58 dollars in October to 43.4 dollars in November, 2015.”