Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, has said the revenue coming into into coffer of the government has hit an average of between N650 billion and N1 trillion monthly since the removal of subsidy.
Edun said this has been trend in the last four months.
The minister, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Finance, Special Duties, Okokon Udo, said the government had, for long, realised that petroleum subsidy was not sustainable.
According to him, the subsidy regime eroded revenues that should have been available to fund viable expenditures that were critical to the well-being of the populace.
The minister said the present administration was mindful of the needs and welfare of Nigerians and assured that it would continue to implement peoples oriented policies.
“We all know that achieving the tax revenue to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) target of 22 per cent and tax to GDP of 18 per cent by 2026 are parts of the cardinal objectives of this administration. “What is necessary to be done is to broaden the tax base, simplify and streamline tax administration for ease of collection,” he said.
On the theme of the Retreat, “Creating a Resilient Economic through Diversification of the Nation’s Revenue”, the minister commended the choice, stressing that it was suitable.