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.
Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 21)
Nigeria's Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 0.55 percent in 2017Q21, compared to the -0.91 percent (revised) in 2017Q1 indicating the first quarterly positive growth rate since 2016Q1 and an evidenced exit from five quarters of economic recession. The acceleration in real GDP in 2017Q2 reflects the significant increase in oil sector GDP from -11.64 percent in 2017Q1, to 1.64 percent in 2017Q2 a 13.3 percentage points Quarter-on-Quarter increase. However, Non-oil GDP moderated by 0.3 percentage points to 0.45 percent. Despite the recent favorable economic performance, growth prospect remains fragile.