The Federal Government, on Thursday, raised the alarm that the Nigerian economy might relapse into a second recession in four years if no concrete steps were taken to improve the Gross Domestic Product.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, raised the alarm during his presentation at the Senate Joint Committee on Finance and Economic Planning on the 2021-2023 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper.
He said, “Nigeria’s Q2 GDP growth is in all likelihood negative, and unless we achieve a very strong Q3 2020 economic performance, the Nigerian economy is likely to lapse into a second recession in four years with significant adverse consequences.
“In response to the developments affecting the supply of foreign exchange to the economy, the Central Bank of Nigeria adjusted the official exchange rate to N360/US$1, and more recently to N379/US$.”
He explained that the disruptions in global trade and logistics would negatively affect customs duty collection in 2020.
He added that the COVID-19 containment measures, though necessary, had inhibited domestic economic activities, with consequential negative impact on taxation and other government revenues.
“Consequently, the projections for Customs Duty, Stamp Duty, Value Added Tax, and Company Income Tax revenues were recently reviewed downwards in the revised 2020 budget,” he said.