Nigeria’s GDP projected to grow 4.2% by 2022 – Finance Minister

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The Nigerian economy will grow by as much as 4.2% in 2022.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed at the Public Consultation on the Draft 2022 to 2024 Medium Term Fiscal Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTFF/FSP).

The Minister added that Nigeria’s 2021 growth was adjusted downwards from 3% to 2.5%, while forecasting 2022 to be a better economic year.

“In 2022, we are expecting an uptake to 4.2 per cent, then a dip to 2.3 per cent in 2023 and up to 3.3 per cent in 2024,” she said.

Inflation rate, which was planned for 11.95 per cent in 2021, has been reflected in reality because the exchange rate is high. The average we have so far is 15 per cent.

We are expecting 2022 to go down slightly to 13 per cent, then 11 per cent in 2023 and 10 per cent in 2024. The exchange rate of the Naira to the dollar, which was N379 in the 2021 budget, has been adjusted to the NAFEX rate of N410.15 to one US dollar.

We are assuming, for now, the same rate for 2022, 2023 and 2024,” she said.

“Of this amount, the Federal Government received N998.57 billion, while the states and Local Governments received N506.59 billion and N390.48 billion respectively from the Main Pool Account.

Federal, state and local governments received N132.70 billion, N442.33 billion and N309.63 billion respectively from the VAT Pool Account,” she said.

“As of May, N1.49 trillion was realised out of the prorated sum of N2.16 trillion. This represents 69 per cent performance.

Oil and gas deductions were N194.31 billion (or 45.8 per cent) more than the budget. This is mainly attributable to petroleum subsidy costs which was not provided for in the 2021 Budget.

After netting out deductions (including 13 per cent derivation) net oil and gas revenue inflows to the Federation Account amounted to N872.16 billion,” she added.

“Companies Income Tax (CIT) and VAT collections were ahead of the budget targets with N290.90 billion and N123.85 billion, representing 102 per cent and 125 per cent respectively of the pro rata targets for the period.

Customs collections was N204.0 billion (86 per cent of target),” she said.

She added that other revenues amounted to N762.70 billion, of which Independent revenues were N487.01 billion.




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