By Ndubuisi Francis
The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) on Wednesday shared a total of N604.004 billion to the Federal, states and local governments for the month of October.
This is about N35 billion less than the N639.9billion distributed in the preceding month of September.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Alh. Aliyu Ahmed, who presided over the meeting in Abuja disclosed that the three tiers of government shared a total sum of N604.004 billion as federation allocation for the month of October 2020.
A statement issued by the Director (Information) in the ministry, Mr. Hassan Dodo, said from the amount, which includes the cost of collection to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), and the Department of Petroleum Resources, the federal government received N220.751 billion, states received N161.825 billion, local Government councils got N120.588 billion while the oil producing states received N31.902 billion as 13 per cent derivation.
Cost of collection/transfer and refunds accounted for N48.939 billion.
According to the statement, a communique issued by the FAAC at the end of the meeting, indicated that the gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) for October, 2020 was N126.463 billion as against N141.858 billion distributed in the preceding month of September, 2020, resulting in a decrease of N15.395 billion.
From this, the federal government got N17.642 billion, states received N58.805 billion, local hovernment councils got N41.167 billion, while cost of collection/transfer and refund got N5.059 billion.
Allocation to North East Development Commission (NEDC) project received N3.794 billion.
The distributed Statutory Revenue of N378.148 billion received for the month was higher than the N341.501 billion received for the previous month by N36.647 billion, from which the Federal government received N166.195 billon, States got N84.296 billion, LGCs got N64.989 billion, Derivation (13 per cent mineral revenue) got N21.581 billion and cost of collection/transfer and refund got N40.086 billion.
The communique also revealed that Oil and Gas Royalty, Companies Income Tax (CIT) increased substantially. Import Duty, Excise Duty, Value Added Tax (VAT), and Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) according to the communiqué recorded decreases.
It further disclosed that the total revenue distributable for the current month was augmented with the sums of N72.000 billion, and N7.392 billion from Forex Equalization and FGN Intervention respectively, including an augmentation of N20 billion from the Stabilization Account because of low revenue which is to be shared accordingly to the three tiers of government, bringing the total Distributable Revenue to N604.004 billion.
The balance in the Excess Crude Account as at 18th November 2020 stands at $72.409 million.