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Business News of Wednesday, 22 June 2022

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Nigerian states will be broke, not pay salaries due to poor revenues - World Bank

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Declining revenue from oil and gas will be the undoing of many states in Nigeria as they miss out on the N18.8 billion oil and gas windfall from the federal government.

According to a report by The Punch, the World Bank said the states will become insolvent and not partake in the oil revenue as the federal continues to scrape through revenue collections.

The World Bank stated this in its Nigeria Development report themed: The Continuing Urgency of Business Unusual.

According to the bank, the dwindling revenue from the Nigerian government had put many states in a dangerous financial situation.

The Washington-based lender stated that several states in Nigeria would be unable to meet their financial obligations, saying that there was an increase in debt servicing expenses from many states in Nigeria.

The report said:

“In addition, debt servicing expenditures at the state level are also mounting due to a decline in gross statutory account revenue transfers from the federation account allocation committee, which comprises oil and non-value added tax, non-oil revenues.”

It further stated that the anticipated higher VAT collection or gains in independently-generated revenue would make up for the lower transfers from the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) this year.

The bank forecasted a 2.7 decline in FAAC transfers in 2022 in comparison to that of 2021, saying that it will push the states into more indebtedness and slash unnecessary expenses.

The report states:

“Stagnating net oil revenues will significantly affect the fiscal situation at the state level. State governments are projected to collectively receive 2.7 per cent fewer revenues than in 2021, as federal transfers are estimated to decline by 10 per cent against 2020 levels.

“Lower transfers will cause state governments to incur debt or drastically slash discretionary expenditure. Although states receive the majority of VAT revenues, VAT increases would not make up for the loss of net oil revenues.

“As a result, in 2022, the average state in Nigeria will lose N18.8bn in oil and gas revenues, while optimistic projections place average gains from VAT and the electronic money transfer Levy at N7.1bn per state, and average increases in each state’s independent revenues at N6.7bn. As a result, the average state can expect to lose N5bn in revenue in 2022.”