The Federal Government recorded a revenue shortfall of N1.76tn in the first half of this year, official data have shown.
According to a revenue performance report, which was obtained from the Budget office of the federation, the Federal Government’s projected revenue for the 2021 fiscal year was N7.9tn, of which N3.9tn was earmarked as pro rata target for the first six months.
As at June 2021, the government had only generated N2.3tn, or 44.1 per cent of the pro rata estimate, indicating a revenue gap of N1.8tn.
During the period under review, the aggregate revenue of N2.23tn comprised oil revenue of N492.4bn, non-oil revenue of N778.2bn and N922.1bn from other revenue sources including independent revenue of N558.1bn.
The report said, “FGN share of oil revenues was N492.44bn (which represents 49 per cent performance), while non-oil tax revenues totalled N778.18bn (104.5 per cent of pro rata)
“Companies Income Tax and Value Added Tax collections were ahead of the budget targets with N397.02bn and N129bn, representing 116.5 per cent and 108.2 per cent respectively of the pro rata targets for the period
“Customs collection was N234.02bn (92.1 per cent of target). Other revenues amounted to N922.09bn, of which Independent revenues was N558.13bn.”