Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief
In spite of the deadlock of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee meetings over poor remittances by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation into the Federation Account, the federal government, yesterday, disbursed the N668. 898 billion May federation revenue to the three tiers of government.
The Federal Ministry of Finance said that the decision to disburse the funds was to alleviate the suffering of workers throughout the nation due to the FAAC deadlock.
The statement signed by the Director of Information, Mr. Hassan Dodo, reads in full, “Owing to disagreement on remittances by the Revenue Generating Agencies, especially the NNPC, the sharing of revenues for May 2018 that was meant to be distributed in June 2018, was put on hold.
“However, the urgent need to cushion the undue hardships being experienced by workers nationwide has made it necessary to distribute the May figures totalling N668.898 billion to the three tiers of Government, while efforts are being intensified to address the unsatisfactory remittances.
“The N668.898billion is made up of statutory distributable sum of N575.475 billion and N 93.423 billion from the Value Added Tax (VAT).
“The total revenue realised for the month, was shared in line with the extant formula as follows: Federal Government – N282.223 billion; State Governments – N181.167 billion; and Local Government Councils – N136.490 billion. The Oil Producing States received N53.071 billion as 13 per cent derivation. The sum of N15.947 billion was paid to the revenue generating agencies as costs of collections.
“The statutory revenue of N575.475 billion received for the month of May 2018 was lower than the N613.057 billion received for April 2018 by a total of N37.582 billion. From the total statutory revenue of N575.475 billion, the Federal Government was given N268.770 billion; the States – N136.324 billion; Local Government Areas – N105.100 billion; the Oil Producing States – N53.071 billion, and the revenue generating agencies received N12.210 billion as costs of collections.
“For the month of May 2018, the total revenue of N93.423 billion from the Value Added Tax (VAT) was N5.458 billion higher than the N87.965 billion distributed in April 2018.
“From the total of N93.423 billion, the Federal Government received N13.453 billion; the States received N44.843 billion; the Local Government Councils received N31.390 billion, while N3.737 billion was received by the revenue collecting agencies.”