FG can’t meet 80 per cent revenue performance for 2019 — Minister

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says the nation will not be able to reach 80 per cent revenue performance for 2019.

She said this on Monday in Abuja at the public presentation of the 2020 budget proposals.

Mrs Ahmed said as at half year, the actual aggregate revenue for 2019 was N2.04 trillion, which was 58 per cent of the prorate target.

She said of the figure, oil revenue accounted for N900 billion, Company Income Tax (CIT) N349.11 billion, Value Added Tax (VAT) N81.36 billion and Customs Collections N184.10 billion.

“As to whether we will reach the N8.33 trillion at the end of 2019 is very unlikely and that is why we have to make special efforts to boost revenue performance.

“It is clear that we cannot reach even 80 per cent and that is why we have to do several things to make sure that revenue performance is enhanced.

“Releases did not start until late July and as at last week we had scheduled and releases are now up to N650 billion.”