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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 21)

A recently released NBS report indicated a 20.92% rise in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in 2019. The year on year rise saw total IGR hit ₦1.33 trillion. The rise was largely driven by revenue generated from income tax which accounted for 60.7% of IGR. Lagos state as the highest contributor with ₦398.73 billion accounted for 29.88% of total revenue generated2.  On the other hand, Taraba state was the lowest contributor with ₦53.04 billion. The improvement in tax compliance stands to make provision for state-level fiscal sustainability as well as a continued increase in total IGR. State governments can leverage on the fall in demand for oil to identify innovations and muster the political will required to expand their IGR base.

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