FG Makes Over N78bn From Bank Transfers In Five Months ..Report

FG Makes Over N78bn From Bank Transfers In Five Months ..Report
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The government has collected a total of N78.95bn from the N50 levy imposed on electronic bank transfers within the first five months of 2024, according to findings revealed 

Analysis of the Federal Allocation Accounts Committee report released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed that 36 state governments received a total allocation of N31.84bn from January to April.

The EMTL was introduced in the Finance Act 2020, which amended the Stamp Duty Act to tap into the growth of electronic funds transfers in the country.

The levy is imposed as a singular and one-off charge of N50 on electronic receipt or transfer of money deposited in any deposit money bank or financial institution on any type of account on sums of N10,000 and above.

Revenue derived from the EMTL is shared among the three tiers of government based on derivation, with the Federal Government receiving 15 per cent, state governments receiving 50 per cent and local governments getting 35 per cent.

The report indicated that the government got N15.9bn in January, N15.15bn in February, N14.75bn in March, N18bn in April and N15.14bn in May.

A breakdown of the federal allocation also showed that N8.93bn in January, N7.96bn in February, N7.58bn in March, and N7.38bn in April were shared among the states from the bank transfer levy.

Further analysis showed that Abia State got N797.79m, Adamawa (N729.16m), Akwa-Ibom (N796.81m), Anambra (N1.03bn), Bauchi (N818.98m), Bayelsa (N607.2m), Benue (N805.76m) and Borno (N811.03m).

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According to the 2023–2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, the government projected to make at least N137.03bn in 2023, N157.59bn in 2024, and N189.11bn from EMTL.

In 2023, digital banking channels brought in roughly N438bn for 10 financial institutions, rising by 37.54 per cent from N318.64bn in the previous year, an analysis of their annual reports showed.

E-business income includes revenue from electronic channels, card products, and related services.

These channels include mobile applications, USSD channels, automated teller machines, agency banking, internet banking, point-of-sale payments, as well as credit and debit card transactions.

In an earlier interview the Head of Corporate Communications, NIBSS, Lilian Phido, said, “It is very clear that more and more people are accepting the channels of payment that are available and the platforms are stable.

“With stability, these components have grown. With stability, more and more people moving.”

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