FG says Excess Crude Account balance now stands at $72.4 million.

The Federal Government has announced that Nigeria’s Excess Crude Account (ECA) balance as at 20th January 2021 is $72,411,197.80.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed said this at the first National Economic Council meeting of the year presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with State Governors, Federal Capital Territory Minister, Central Bank Governor and other senior government officials in attendance.

The FG said, “the ECA balance as at 20th January 2021, $72,411,197.80; Stabilization Account, balance as at 19th January 2021, N28, 800, 711,295.37; Natural Resources Development Fund Account, balance as at 19th January 2021, N95, 830,729,470.82.”

yu will recall that

In August 2015, during the early days of the Buhari administration, the ECA stood at $2,2 billion  It was $3.6 billion in February one of the highest balances on record.

According to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s annual report for 2018, Nigeria’s excess crude account fell from $2.45 billion in 2017 to $480 million as of December 2018.

In 2019, Nairametrics reported Nigeria’s Excess crude account had dropped to $480 million  This is as controversy continued to trail the $1 billion military spendings which were withdrawn from Nigeria’s Excess Crude Account

In July 2020  the  ECA had fallen by about 98% within the last 5 years to $72 million.

Nigeria has two Sovereign Wealth Funds: the Excess Crude Account and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). Note that these two are funded by the savings earned when oil prices are at their peak.

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