FG records N2.23tn fiscal deficit in three months – CBN report
The Federal Government recorded N2.23tn fiscal deficit in the fourth quarter of 2021. This was revealed by figures obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria’s economic report for the fourth quarter of 2021. The report stated, “Federation receipts in the fourth quarter of 2021 declined, following shortfalls in oil revenue. At N2.84tn, provisional federation receipts fell below the quarterly benchmark and the level in the preceding quarter by 7.5 per cent and 0.7 per cent, respectively. “Non-oil revenue maintained its dominance, accounting for 60.8 per cent of the total collections, while oil revenue constituted the balance of 39.2 per cent. Provisional Federal Government of Nigeria retained revenue, at N1.27tn, which declined by 36.6 per cent and 3.2 per cent, relative to the budget benchmark and the preceding quarter, respectively, reflecting the persistent revenue challenge over the past two years. “Following a decline in aggregate expenditure in the fourth quarter of 2021, the fiscal deficit of the FGN contracted by 12.0 per cent to N2.23tn, relative to the preceding quarter.” The report explained that fiscal operations of the Federal Government- retained revenue declined due to shortfalls in the receipt from federation account sources.