The crude oil price which has been falling has continued to lower the country?s monthly revenue prospects as gross receipts for February dropped by N14.62 billion to N401.46 billion compared to N416.09 billion the previous month.
However, total distributive revenue of N522.05 billion was shared among the three tiers of government for February compared to N500.13 billion in January.
After the monthly meeting of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), the Minister of State for Finance, Alhaji Basir Yuguda, said there was a loss of about $24.48 million in revenue due to further drop in. Crude oil prices fell from $52.33 billion in December 2014 to $48.65 in January 2015.
He added that revenue from gas also dropped from $420.600 per metric tonnes in December 2014 to $190.226 per metric tonnes in January 2015.
He noted that the persistent shutdown and shut-in of trunks and pipelines at various terminals continued to impact negatively on the revenue performance while the non-oil revenues dipped further to February relative to the previous month.
Mineral revenue for the month in review stood at N306.94 billion compared to N305.39 billion while the non-mineral component was N94.52 billion against N110.69 billion in January The value added tax (VAT) fell to N58.25 billion compared to N63.93 billion the previous month.
Meanwhile, Yuguda also refuted allegations in some quarters that some state governments are currently unable to pay workers? salaries because of outstanding payment from the federation accounts. He said the Federal Government did not owe any amount to the states.
?We even gave them what they do not expect,? he said, referring to foreign exchange gain, which are often worked out and shared amongst the three tiers of government. He affirmed that the value of the excess crude account (ECA) remained at $2.6 billion.
Of the net statutory allocation, the Federal Government received N186.60 billion, while the states shared N94.64 billion as well as the local governments which got N72.96 billion.
The sum of 39.57 billion was allocated to the oil and gas producing regions under the derivation principle. For VAT, the Federal Government got N8.36 billion, while the states shared N27.96 billion as well as the local governments, which received N19.57 billion.