The latest report from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stated that the sum of N650.83 billion was shared among the three tiers of government in December 2019.
The report shows that Nigeria’s revenue allocation decreased by 7.29% in December 2019 compared to N702.02 billion disbursed in November and decreased by 6.16% compared to 693.53 billion disbursed in October 2019.
The amount disbursed comprised of N491.88 billion from Statutory Account; N53 billion from FOREX Equalization Account; N15 billion from Good and Valuable Consideration Account; N784.83 Exchange Gain Allocation and N90.17 billion from Valued Added Tax (VAT).
The breakdown showed that the Federal Government received the giant share of N274.76 billion; States received a total of N176.1 billion; Local Governments received N132.66 billion while N51.07 billion was shared among oil-producing states as 13% derivation fund.
- N208.68 billion was disbursed to the Federal Government Consolidated (CRF) account.
- Also, N8.35 billion was allocated for the development of Natural resources.
- Share of Derivation and Ecology was stated at N4.97 billion.
- Revenue generating agencies such as Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) received N5.42 billion, N6.86 billion and N3.9 billion respectively as cost of revenue collections.
- N5.8 billion was allocated to FCT, Abuja.
South-South States received N57.81 billion
Out of the six geo-political zones in the country, South-South states scooped the largest share followed by North West, which received a total of N26.06 billion and North East (22.95 billion).
South West received N20.02 billion, South East received N16.43 billion while North received the least allocation of N15.65 billion.
States with highest allocation
Delta State received the highest allocation in December 2019, as it scooped N15.89 billion, indicating 9.02% of the total states’ allocation followed by Akwa Ibom’s N12.58 billion (7.14%) and Rivers State which received N11.13 billion gross allocation.
Bayelsa, Kano, Edo and Lagos States received N10.87 billion (6.18%), N4.88 billion (2.77%), N4.25 billion (2.42%) and N4.13 billion (2.34% respectively.
Meanwhile, Kwara State received the least gross allocation in the month of December 2019, as it received N2.74 billion (1.56%) and Ekiti State took away N2.75 billion (1.56%).
Drop in revenue
It is important to stress that government revenue has dropped in recent times due to the development in the global oil market as the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia intensifies, forcing the price of the commodity down in the global market. As at the time of writing this article, oil was sold for $36.23 per barrel which is below the $57 per barrel 2020 budget benchmark.
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) did not meet up to its set revenue target of N8.8 trillion. According to data from FIRS, the agency generated N5.26 trillion in 2019, which is just 59.8% of the target.
Seeing as many states are struggling to meet their financial obligations, a reduction in revenue allocation from the Federal Government could further compound their financial difficulties. Meanwhile, this should serve as a challenge to state governors to seriously consider and put in place strategy to increase their internally generated fund to aid self-sustainability.
CBN grants Mortgage Refinancing Companies approval to refinance Non-member banks
The CBN has expanded access to mortgage financing by removing restrictions on refinancing mortgages earlier imposed.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has granted approval to Mortgage Refinancing Companies (MRC), to re-finance non-member banks.
This is contained in a circular referenced FPR/DIR/GEN/CIR/07/056 and signed by Ibrahim Tukur, the Director of Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN.
The circular improved on the earlier provisions contained in section 220.127.116.11 which states that “A mortgage refinance company (MRC) shall not, without the prior approval of the CBN, extend total outstanding credit to any single borrower, which is equal to or more than twenty times the value of the borrower’s shares with the MRC or 25 percent of its shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses.”
What this means
Based on the provisions contained in the latest circular, MRCs are now free and legally permitted to refinance the qualifying mortgages of banks and all other non-members ( that do not hold equity), subject to meeting all other relevant requirements specified in the framework.
In a nutshell, the restriction on non-member mortgage lenders from refinancing their mortgages with MRCs has been removed.
Why this matters
Prior to the provisions contained in the latest circular, CBN had expressed fears that provisions of section 18.104.22.168 negatively impacts the mortgages sub-sector, as it constrains the MRCS from refinancing the mortgages of non-shareholder banks. Therefore, the new order will help to remove the restrictions already highlighted.
In lieu of this, the latest circular stated that the provision of section 7.3.1 5 is hereby revised to “the MRC shall not, without prior approval of the CBN, extend total outstanding credit to any single borrower, which is equal to or more than 25 percent of its shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses,” the circular reads.
Nascon Allied Industries Plc: Increase in sale of goods boosts revenues
Nascon Allied Industries Plc recorded a boost from an increase in the sale of goods revenue-generating unit
Nascon Allied Industries Plc recorded a boost from an increase in the sale of goods revenue-generating units, as total revenues increased slightly. The company reported revenues of N21.87 billion in 2020 (9months) – 4.01% increase compared to N21.03 billion in the corresponding period of 2019.
What you should know
Key highlights from 2020 (9months) results
- Revenues increased by 4.01% from N21.03 billion to N21.87 billion YoY.
- Revenues from sale of edible, refined, bulk grade salt; seasoning and vegetable oil, increased to N21.87 billion, +22.53% YoY.
- Other income increased to N12.81 million, +27.43% YoY.
- No revenue was recorded for freight income on the deliveries of salt and seasoning income-generating unit.
- Gross profit increased to N8.96 billion, +74.56% YoY.
- Operating profit increased to N3.64 billion +18.60% YoY.
- Pre-tax profits increased to N3.47 billion, +16.63% YoY.
- Post-tax profits increased to N2.29 billion, +13.27% YoY.
- Earnings Per Share increased to 115 kobo, +12.75% YoY
- Total assets increased to N44.36 billion, +45.79% YoY.
- Total liabilities increased to N32.04 billion, +67.21% YoY.
- Total equity increased to N12.32 billion, +9.35% YoY.
Nascon Allied Industries Plc recorded a boost from increase in sale of goods revenue-generating unit, but no revenue was recorded for its freight income on the deliveries of salt and seasoning revenue generating-unit.
Though companies have generally recorded decreased revenues in the last three quarters, mostly due to COVID-19; Nascon Allied Industries Plc was able to increase its total revenues and pre-tax profits in the period under consideration.
Instagram disables its “Recent” feature
Instagram recently announced it had removed the “recent” tab from hashtag pages on a temporary basis
Instagram disclosed that it would remove the “Recent” tab from its hashtag pages for people in the United States of America.
The social networking and video sharing service stated this on its official Twitter handle. It said it is “doing this to reduce the real-time spread of potentially harmful content that could pop up around the election.”
Starting today, for people in the U.S. we will temporarily remove the “Recent” tab from hashtag pages. We’re doing this to reduce the real-time spread of potentially harmful content that could pop up around the election.
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) October 29, 2020
What you should know
Nairametrics had reported on Instagram’s apology for its algorithm malfunction that led to the flagging of #EndSARS posts as fake.
Instagram has also taken the following measures to ensure a successful November election.
- The registration of 4.4 million votes this year through its flagship platform – Instagram and Messenger.
- Serving as a means of information and tool to people in the US on the electoral process
- The ban of any content that can thwart the success of the election.
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Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, said he was perturbed about the high risks for civil unrest in the US due to the upcoming presidential election.
“I’m worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or weeks to be finalized, there is a risk of civil unrest across the country.”
Furthermore, he disclosed on a call while discussing Facebook’s Q3 earnings, that “given this, companies like ours need to go well beyond what we’ve done before.”
Why this matters
The aim of the short-term decision is to decrease the spread of misinformation in the forthcoming US election.