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FEC approves reforms to increase non-oil revenue by N3.8trn annually

The federal executive council (FEC) has approved reforms to increase Nigeria’s non-oil revenue by N3.8 trillion and oil revenue by N160 billion annually.

The approval was given on Wednesday by FEC in a meeting presided over by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.

Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, office of the vice-president, who briefed journalists after the FEC meeting, said the reforms would boost the federal government’s finances, especially the non-oil revenue.

“Among several of the memos presented was the one by the minister of finance, budget and national planning on accelerating revenue mobilisation reforms which is a derivative of federal government’s strategic revenue growth initiative,” Akande said.

“The significant progress that has been made in that initiative includes the raising of the value-added tax (VAT) from 5 percent to 7 percent and other measures since 2019.

“This particular initiative is something meant to address some of the fiscal challenges of the federal government as it is intended to raise Nigeria’s non-oil revenue potential.

“So, it is estimated that with the implementation of this reform, it would result in a potential additional non-oil revenue and oil revenue generation of N3.8 trillion annually for non-oil revenue and N160 billion for oil revenue.”

Akande said there was another significant memo presented to FEC by Abubakar Salami, attorney-general of the federation, on the assent of Nigeria to the Budapest Convention on Cyber Crime.

He said the convention is an international treaty seeking to provide comprehensive national legislation against cybercrime.

According to him, the convention was also seeking to provide the framework for technical assistance as well as international cooperation among countries.

Meanwhile, he said Suleiman Adamu, minister for water resources, also presented a memo for the implementation of “federal government’s component for the execution of rehabilitation, expansion, and upgrading of Gombe regional water supply project under the Nigeria National Water Resources”.

“And the council approved the sum of N939 million which has been provided for in the 2022 budget as a counterpart fund for this urban water supply improvement in line with the National Water Supply and Sanitation Policy,’’ he said.

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