FG has spent N2.02 Trillion on debt servicing within Six months – Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed 

The Minister of Finance, Zaina Ahmed, said the federal government has spent N2.02 trillion on servicing dept within the first six months of 2021 (January-June).

The minister said while speaking at the 2022- 2024 2022-2024 medium-term expenditure framework/ fiscal strategy paper (MTEF/FSP) committee interactive session held in Abuja on Monday, August 16. federal government’s retained revenue amounted to 67.3 percent of the target.

According to report, in 2020, out of total revenue of N3.42 trillion generated, the federal government spent N3.34 trillion on debt servicing – implying that for every N100 earned as revenue, N97 was spent on debt servicing.

Given the breakdown, the minister said oil revenue was N492.44 billion, representing 49 percent performance, while the non-oil revenue totalled N778.18 trillion at 104.5 percent performance, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

She added that companies income tax(CIT) and value-added tax (VAT) collections are ahead of the budget targets with N397.02 billion and N129 billion.

“Of the expenditure, N2.02 trillion was for debt servicing, which is 35 percent of the Federal Government expenditures and N1.795 trillion for personnel cost. This is including pension at 30.9 percent of Federal Government revenue.”she said

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