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Nigeria’s Economy will recover in Q1 2021 – FG

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has predicted that the economy will rebound to positive territory in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021.

She made the prediction when board members of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) paid her a courtesy call.

A statement from the ministry signed by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, the Special Adviser Media and Communications to Minister of Finance, quoted Zainab Ahmed as saying: “We are expecting by the first quarter of 2021, we shall be okay.”

She hinged her optimism on the minimal impact of the corona virus pandemic, saying “The shocks have not manifested as expected, and that the pandemic has not impacted much, especially in Nigeria because of the proactive measures taken by government especially in the health sector.”

The finance minister reminded the FIRS board members that “there are other government obligations and debt servicing which requires revenue to fund and we can see that the capacity to do more is there and we expect you (FIRS) to do more”.

Ahmed said she was happy “the FIRS has remained resolute as both Value Added Tax (VAT) and Stamp Duty have helped in boosting the revenue”.

FIRS Chairman, Mohammed Nami, said the agency is doing well and the reforms are working.

He added, “In the three to five months, FIRS has been contributing up to 70 percent of Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocation.”

He noted that oil figures were down and that COVID-19 has impacted negatively and, therefore, a lot of reforms being carried out are already yielding results. The FIRS team solicited the minister’s support for their reforms.

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