Nigeria FG Records N643.09bn Fiscal Deficit In One Month.

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The Federal Government’s fiscal deficit rose from N491.28bn in March to N643.09bn in April, according to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The bank regulator’s April economic report stated that, “The 14.3 per cent increase in FGN revenue offset by the 23.8% rise in public spending; leading to an expansion of the fiscal deficit. At N643.09bn, the provisional fiscal deficit of the FGN was 30.9 per cent above the level in the preceding month.”

According to the report, fiscal conditions remained challenging in April 2022 despite higher revenue outcomes.

Provisional federally collected revenue rose by 66.3%relative to the level in March but fell short of the budget by 14.7%.

FGN retained revenue increased by 14.3 per cent but was offset by a 23.8 per cent rise in total expenditure; resulting in a 30.9 per cent expansion in the overall deficit.

The debt profile of the FGN remained elevated, as government incurred new borrowings to part-finance the deficit in the 2022 budget. However, the debt stock was within the FGN’s medium-term debt strategy.

Punch.

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