Tuesday, 24 March 2020 05:57

FG, states, LGs get N65bn less as FAAC deadlock over February allocation is resolved

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Stalemate that followed last week’s Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting may have been settled, with the announcement of the sharing of about N581.566 billion to Federal, States and Local Governments for February 2020.

The decision was announced at the end of the rescheduled meeting of the FAAC held in Abuja on Monday.

A communique issued by Office of the Accountant General of the Federation on the behalf of the FAAC said the N581.566 billion comprised Statutory Revenue, Value Added Tax (VAT), Exchange Gain, and revenue from Forex Equalization Account.

The communique said the balance in the Excess Crude revenue Account (ECA) stood at about $72.221 million.

Details of the allocations showed gross statutory revenue for the month of February 2020 was about N466.058 billion.

This was lower by N59.195 billion than the N525.253 billion received in January 2020.

Also, for the month, the gross revenue available from the VAT was about N99.552 billion as against N104.758 billion in the previous month, a decrease of N5.206 billion.

Exchange Gain yielded a total revenue of about N757 million, and revenue from Foreign exchange Equalization Account was about N15.199 billion.

Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, said from the total revenue of N581.566 billion, Federal Government received N236.118 billion, State Governments N159.010 billion, and Local Government Councils N119.305 billion.

Oil Producing States received N45.310 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue and Revenue Generating Agencies N21.822 billion as cost of revenue collection.

A breakdown of the distribution showed that from the gross statutory revenue of N466.058 billion, Federal Government received N214.915 billion, State Governments N109.008 billion and Local Government Councils N84.040 billion.

Oil Producing States received N43.242 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue and the Revenue Generating Agencies received N14.853 billion as the cost of collection.

From the VAT revenue of N99.552 billion, the Federal Government received N13.888 billion, the State Governments N46.292 billion, Local Government Councils N32.404 billion and Revenue Generating Agencies received N6.969 billion as cost of revenue collection.

Exchange Gain revenue was N757million and the Federal Government received N350 million, the State Governments N178 million, the Local Government Councils N137 million and the Oil Producing States received N92 million.

Foreign exchange equalization account revenue was N15.199 billion, with Federal Government receiving N6.966 billion, State Governments N3.533 billion, Local Government Councils N2.724 billion and the Oil Producing States received N1.976 billion.

The communique confirmed that in the month of February 2020, Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), Companies Income Tax (CIT), Import and Excise Duties, Oil and Gas Royalties and Value Added Tax (VAT) all recorded a substantial decline.

Last week’s stalemate

Last Tuesday, the meeting of the Committee failed to reach a consensus on the amount to be shared for the month.

On Wednesday, FAAC met in Abuja for the sharing of the statutory allocation of revenues between the three tiers of government for the month of February.

The meeting, attended by the Finance Commissioners and Accountants General of the 36 States of the Federation, their Federal Government counterparts and Federal Capital Territory rejected the amount presented for sharing by the revenue-generating agencies.

Consequently, the meeting ended abruptly without a resolution.