Osun in trouble again, receives paltry N305m from federation account

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OSUN, NOVEMBER 20, 2016 – The problem of unpaid and half salaries in Osun State will persist as the state got only a paltry N305m from the Federation Account in October.

None of the remaining 35 states of the federation got less than one billion naira.

The paltry amount received by Osun State was attributed to a dip in the oil revenue received by the federal government in October.

The 36 states of the federation shared N111.8 billion in October, less than the N143.6 billion shared in September from the Federation Account by N31.8 billion.

The breakdown forms part of a report obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from a source at the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in Abuja on Sunday.

Here is the break down of the revenue received by each state from the Federation Account:

Abia took N2.6 billlion, Adamawa N2.5 billion, Cross River N1.4 billion, Ekiti N1.6 billion, Edo N1.9 billion, Kaduna State N3.4 billion, Kano State N4.2 billion, Lagos State N5.9 billion, Rivers N7.6 billion, and Zamfara, N2 billion.

Delta N5.6 billion, Anambra N2.8 billion, Benue N2.7 billion, Borno N3.2 billion, Ebonyi N2.4 billion, Enugu State N2.6 billion, Gombe State N2.03 billion, Nassarawa State N2.3 billion, Imo N2.3 billion and Kogi N2.7 billion.

Yobe got N2.7 billion, Taraba N2.3 billion, Sokoto State N2.9 billion, Plateau N1.7 billion, Oyo State N2.79 billion, Osun N305 million, Ondo State N3.3 billion, Ogun N1.5 billion, Niger N2.7 billion and Kebbi N2.73 billion.

Also, Katsina State got N3.2 billion, Bayelsa N6.3 billion, Bauchi State N2.3 billion, Jigawa N3.1 billion, Akwa Ibom N8.7 billion and Kwara N2.2 billion.

The report also showed that the Federal Capital Territory had N3.9 billion from the Federal Government’s share of the distributable revenue in October.

The report showed that the revenue allocated for each state in October was less than what they got from the federation account in September.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, at the last FAAC meeting, attributed the low revenue earnings of the month to several factors.

Adeosun attributed the decline to the loss of 45.5million dollars in Federation Export sales while shut-in and shut-down of pipelines for repairs and maintenance also contributed to the drop in revenue.

The decrease in volume of dutiable imports receipts from Joint Venture Cash Call, Foreign Companies Income Tax and Value Added Tax were other reasons given.

The federation funds are usually shared in arrears, so, revenue generated in January is shared in February; thus, the revenue shared was actually generated in September and shared in October.

The key agencies that remit funds into the federation account are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Nigerian Customs Service.

During the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in October, federal, states and local governments shared N455 billion as against the N516 billion that was shared
in September.

The revenue distributed included the Gross Statutory revenue, Value Added Tax, exchange gain, N63.3 billion excess Petroleum Profit Tax and 13 percent derivation to oil- producing states.

The oil-producing states are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers.

The report showed that before distribution, state liabilities were deducted.

The liabilities included an external debt of N2.9 billion, contractual obligations of N10.48 billion and other deductions amounting to N17.56 billion.

Other deductions covered National Water Rehabilitation Projects, National Agricultural Technology Support, Payment for Fertilizers, State Water Supply Projects, State Agriculture Projects and National Fadama Project.

However, the 36 states got their due shares after all deductions were made.

The FAAC committee is made up of Commissioners for Finance and Accountants- General from the 36 states; the Accountant-General of the Federation and representatives from the NNPC.

Others are representatives from the Federal Inland Revenue Service; the Nigerian Custom Service; Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The federation account is currently being managed on a legal framework that allows funds to be shared to the three tiers of government under three major components.

These components are the statutory allocation, Value Added Tax distribution and allocation made under the derivation principle.

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