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NNPC Emerges Highest Tax Payer In 2021

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has emerged the nation’s highest taxpayer in 2021, according to the latest list of taxpayers released by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

According to the FIRS, MTN Communication, Mobil Producing Limited and other companies in the oil and gas sector also topped the 2021 list of taxpayers.

The Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami, disclosed this in Abuja.

According to Muhammed, NNPC topped the list, becoming the nation’s highest taxpayer in 2021 as was done the previous year. He revealed that the FIRS collected a total of N6.405 trillion in tax revenue, above its N6 trillion projection.

“The Service surpassed its tax collection target in 2021, and in doing so, crossed the N6trillion threshold for the first time,” the Chairman said.

He noted that the feat recorded by the Service was made possible by the uncommon leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, the supervisory Ministry, the backing of the National Assembly and its leadership, as well as the cooperation of all other stakeholders in the tax area.

He added: “To everyone who contributed to FIRS’ success in 2021, we say thank you.

“Of particular importance is the contribution of our much-esteemed taxpayers; they defied the very harsh global economic conditions imposed by the lingering COVID-19 pandemic to produce a heroic performance in tax payment, compliance, and support.

“The combined efforts of all taxpayers made it possible for the Service to achieve the tax revenue collection of 2021 which provided our governments with necessary funds to meet their social contracts with the citizens”.

Other companies involved in the top list include Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Total E & P Nigeria Limited, Airtel Networks Limited, Nigeria Petroleum Development Company Limited, and Nestle Nigeria Plc.

Nigeria Breweries Plc, Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd, Dangote Cement Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Ltd, NIG Agip Oil Co. Ltd, British American Tobacco Marketing, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Stanbic IBC Bank Plc, and Lafarge Africa Plc were among the remaining companies.

In other news, Investors King reported that the NNPC restated a promise to ensure a free flow of petrol – this would be made possible as Nigeria has a store of 1.6 billion litres of fuel.

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Government Revenue Surges to N2.07trn in January 2024, FAAC Discloses

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The Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) has revealed a significant surge in government revenue to N2.07 trillion in January 2024.

This substantial increase reflects the buoyancy of Nigeria’s economic activities despite various challenges faced by the nation.

According to FAAC’s communiqué issued after its monthly meeting in Abuja, the N2.07 trillion revenue was distributed to meet the financial needs of the federal, state, and local governments.

N1.15 trillion out of the total revenue was disbursed to the various tiers of government, indicating a robust financial inflow.

The breakdown of the revenue distribution showcased that the Federal Government received N407.267 billion, state governments obtained N379.407 billion while N278.041 billion was disbursed to local governments.

Also, N85.101 billion, equivalent to 13% of mineral revenue, was allocated to the states as derivation revenue.

FAAC also highlighted that the revenue composition included N463.1 billion from distributable statutory revenue, N391.8 billion from distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue, N15.9 billion from Electronic Money Transfer Levy revenue, and N279.03 billion from exchange difference revenue.

Despite the impressive revenue figures, FAAC noted a decrease in VAT collection by N71.7 billion compared to the previous month.

This decrease suggests fluctuations in consumer spending and economic activities, which could be influenced by various factors such as policy changes, economic conditions, and consumer sentiment.

Furthermore, FAAC reported increases in revenue from Companies Income Tax, Import Duty, Petroleum Profit Tax, and Oil and Gas Royalties.

However, revenue from Value Added Tax, Export Duty, Electronic Money Transfer Levy, and CET Levies experienced declines during the period.

FAAC’s disclosure of the January 2024 revenue underscores the importance of prudent financial management and effective allocation of resources to drive sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria.

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Private Sector Credit Hits Record High of N76.94 Trillion in January 2024 – CBN Report

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Private sector credit in Nigeria reached a record N76.94 trillion in January 2024, according to the latest report from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This represents a 85.2% year-on-year increase from N41.54 trillion reported in January 2023.

The CBN’s Money and Credit Statistics report unveiled that credit to the private sector experienced a substantial month-on-month surge of 23.06%, or N14.42 trillion, from N62.52 trillion in December 2023.

This surge occurred amid the implementation of the CBN’s policy to unify the naira exchange rate.

Analysts attribute the reported N76.94 trillion credit to the private sector to the recent depreciation of the naira against foreign currencies.

The naira closed at N1,356.88 per dollar in January 2024, representing a 50.87% decline or N457.49 against the dollar compared to December 2023.

This depreciation compelled banks to extend credit to major corporations to meet the CBN’s mandated Loan-to-Deposit Ratio (LDR) threshold.

The CBN’s decision to resume the enforcement of the LDR policy, effective July 31, 2023, further propelled banks to increase lending to customers, stimulating the real sector of the economy.

With the CRR mechanism updated, banks with an LDR below the prescribed level faced a 50% lending shortfall penalty.

Experts suggest that the significant increase in private sector credit underscores the growing need for businesses to secure funds amidst economic uncertainties and exchange rate volatility.

It also signifies banks’ efforts to comply with regulatory requirements and support economic growth initiatives.

As Nigeria navigates its economic landscape, stakeholders anticipate further developments in credit dynamics and monetary policies to sustain financial stability and stimulate economic expansion.

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Senate Initiates Probe into N30tn Ways and Means Loans under Buhari Administration

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The Nigerian Senate has embarked on a comprehensive investigation into the disbursement and utilization of the N30 trillion Ways and Means loans obtained by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Ways and Means facility allows the CBN to provide financial support to the government to cover budget shortfalls.

The decision to probe the massive loans comes amid concerns about the transparency and accountability surrounding the utilization of these funds, particularly as the country grapples with economic challenges, food crises, rising inflation, and worsening insecurity.

The Senate’s investigation aims to shed light on how the substantial overdrafts from the CBN were acquired and expended under the leadership of former President Buhari.

There is growing apprehension that the indiscriminate spending of the overdrafts, particularly during Godwin Emefiele’s tenure as CBN governor, may have contributed significantly to the current economic predicament facing the nation.

The probe will delve into the details of the N30 trillion overdrafts, with a specific focus on examining the purpose for which the funds were allocated and how they were utilized.

Also, the Senate will scrutinize the N10 trillion disbursed under the Anchor Borrowers Scheme, as well as the utilization of $2.4 billion out of the $7 billion earmarked for forex transactions.

The initiative underscores the Senate’s commitment to ensuring transparency, fiscal responsibility, and prudent financial management in the country’s economic affairs.

It is anticipated that the probe will unearth vital insights into the financial transactions of the past administration, enabling corrective measures to be taken to address any mismanagement or discrepancies discovered.

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