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FG reacts to recession report

31 August 2016, 17:25

Abuja - The Federal Government has spoken up about reports indicating that Nigeria is officially in a recession.

National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, disclosed that the country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, in real terms, declined by 2.06 per cent in the second quarter of 2016.

Nigeria has now recorded two consecutive quarters of declining growth in GDP, the usual definition of recession.

However, the federal government has given Nigerians four reasons to cheer up, saying the second quarter of 2016 was promising.

This was contained in a statement by Adeyemi Dipeolu, special adviser to the president on economic matters.

“The just recently released data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that Gross Domestic Product declined by -2.06% in the second quarter of 2016 on a year-on-year basis,” he said.

Also read: Nigeria officially in recession as GDP growth drops to -2.06%

“A close look at the data shows that this outcome was mostly due to a sharp contraction in the oil sector due to huge losses of crude oil production as a result of vandalisation (vandalism) and sabotage.

“However, the rest of the Q2 data is beginning to tell a different story. There was growth in the agricultural and solid minerals sectors which are the areas in which the Federal Government has placed particular priority.

“Agriculture grew by 4.53% in the second quarter of 2016 as compared with 3.09% in the first quarter. The metal ores sector showed similar performance with coal mining, quarrying and other minerals also showing positive growth of over 2.5%. Notably also, the share of investments in GDP increased to its highest levels since 2010, growing to about 17% of Gross Domestic Product.”

Dipeolu added that as these trends continue, “the outlook for the rest of the year is that the Nigerian economy will beat the IMF prediction of -1.8% for the full year 2016.

“The IMF had forecasted a growth of -1.8% for 2016, however the economy is performing better than the IMF estimates so far. For the half year it stands at -1.23% compared to an average of -1.80% expected on average by the IMF,” he said.

“What is more, it is likely the second half will be better than the first half of 2016. This is because many of the challenges faced in the first half either no longer exist or have eased.

- News 24


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