We Want More Federal Allocation — Bayelsa Govt

November 24, 2020
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By Seun Adeuyi

The Bayelsa State Government has lamented the decline in revenues accruing from the Federation Account.

The Commissioner for Finance, Mr Maxwell Ebibai, made this known, on Monday, in Yenagoa, while announcing its income and expenditure profile for the months of August, September and October 2020.

According to him, the state received a gross inflow of N12.8bn for August.

Ebibai noted that the amount consisted statutory allocation of N3.14bn, derivation N8.8bn, VAT, N1.97bn, and refund for Pay As You Earn, N636m.

Ebibai also noted that deductions from the Federation Allocation Accounts Committee (FAAC) was N1.7bn, comprising foreign loans to the state while the Federal Government recovery was N42.171m, restructured commercial loan N741.156m, among others.

The commissioner, who announced N463.9m as IGR receipt for July 2020, also remarked that funds from other sources stood at N500m.

He said total receipts from FAAC, excluding the deductions at source, amounted to N11.8bn, including the IGR for July, which brought the total receipts to N13.159bn.

For September, according to him, N10.285bn was recorded as gross inflow, including statutory allocation of N2.981bn, derivation, N6.030bn and Value Added Tax N1.27bn.

While announcing N1.952bn as total deductions from FAAC, he noted that judging from the deductions at source from the month of August, the total deductions for September was significantly higher by N933m.

For October, the finance commissioner said that the state recorded a gross inflow of N10.2bn, comprising statutory allocation of N1.9bn, derivation N3.8bn, VAT, N1.2bn and foreign acquisition fund of N1.9bn.

“The state recorded a sharp drop in its revenue from the Federation Account owing to two major factors.

“The state has been receiving Federal Government grants since 2012, but started making refunds on it in September 2020 coupled with deductions at source on revenues due the state from the disputed oil well between Bayelsa and Rivers states,” he said.

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