Nigeria has raked in some N2.41 trillion in earnings from its oil and gas in the first half of 2020.
This represents 8.7 percent below the N2.63 trillion recorded in the corresponding period of 2019.
This brings the country’s total earnings from its mainstay of revenue in the past five years (2015-2019) to N24.1 trillion.
According to data from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, oil revenue in the first six months of 2020 accounted for 59.7 percent of gross federally-collected revenue of N4.03 trillion recorded in the same period.
Month-on-month basis report explained that in January, February, March, April, May and June 2020, N527.18 billion, N405.33 billion, N454.34 billion, N284.04 billion and N281.97 billion were raked in respectively.
Despite the challenging global economic headwinds, Nigeria earned N21.71 trillion from the oil and gas industry in five years, from 2015 to 2019.
The revenue from the oil and gas sector comprised earnings from crude oil and gas exports, Petroleum Profit Tax, PPT, royalties and domestic crude oil sales.
Oil earnings from 2015 to 2019 represented 60.25 percent of the combined budget figure for the same period.
The average price of crude oil, which is one of the major drivers of the earnings for the five-year period, 2015 to 2019, was $55.32 per barrel, but the 2020 average has since dropped to $38.
Giving a breakdown of the country’s oil earnings, the reports revealed that N3.83 trillion, N2.69 trillion, N4.1 trillion, N5.55 trillion and N5.54 trillion were recorded as oil revenue in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively.