Nigeria’s non-oil sector keeps upward trend

By Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

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The report of the National Bureau of Statistics released on Monday showed that the non-oil sector kept an upward trend in 2019, contributing 92.68% to GDP in the period.

The NBS report also indicated that the GDP maintained growth during the Fourth Quarter of 2019.

”The Presidency welcomed the report, but would continue to drive the economy towards further growth and shared prosperity as we continue our active engagements with States of the Federation in that effort,” a statement from the Office of the Vice President said.

Highest record after recession
The Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, reacted to the NBS report, saying it was the highest growth of the Nigerian economy since the country exited recession.

Dr Dipeolu said; “The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 2.55% (year-on year), in Q4 2019. This reflects an increase of 0.17% over Q4 2018 (2.38%).

“This figure is also an increase of 0.27% compared to the preceding quarter (Q3 2019). Aggregate GDP stood at N39.5trillion while in real terms, GDP is at N19.53trillion in Q4 2019…The growth in Q4 2019 is the highest rate since Nigeria came out of the recession in 2017.”

“This feeds into the estimated overall GDP growth for 2019 which is 2.27%. This represents an increase on 2018’s growth rate of 0.36%, and shows an improving trend since the recession, of increasing growth in GDP.”
Non-oil sector
On the contribution of the non-oil, he stated that that it represented 92.68%, while the oil sector contributed 7.32%.

“While the oil sector has seen an undulating trend over the past few years, the non-oil sector has a more stable and slightly upward growth trajectory. The non-oil sector’s contribution is on the back of Agriculture 26.1%, Industries 20.27%, and Services 53.64%.
 
“In the oil sector, average production was 2million barrels per day (2mbpd) in Q4 2019. The important thing to note is that production remained consistently around this range in 2019…The real growth of the oil sector in Q4 2019 was 6.36% year-on-year (6.49% in Q3 2019).  For 2019, the oil sector recorded growth of 4.59% (0.97% in Q4 2018)
 
“The non-oil sector grew by 2.26% in real terms in Q4 2019. This is a slight reduction compared with 2.7% in Q4 2018, but higher than 1.82% in the previous quarter,”Dr Dipeolu explained.

ICT 
Explaining further, he said that the growth in the non-oil sector was driven by Information and Communication Technology, ICT, Agriculture, Manufacturing and Financial and Insurance Services.

“Agriculture grew by 13.8% in Q4 2019, which is lower than 18.58% and 14.88% recorded in Q4 2018 and Q3 2019.  Sector contribution is 22.12% which is higher than recorded in 2018. Real growth in the sector was 2.31% (year-on-year).
 
“In Manufacturing, the growth is 26.29% for the period, which is less than 33.57% and 39.69% in Q4 2018 and Q3 2019 respectively. Sector contribution is 11.37%, which is higher than the same period in 2018. Real GDP growth was 1.24% (year on year). The Information and Communication Sector (Telecommunication mainly) recorded growth of 9.86% in the period which is lower than 14.82% and 10.99% in Q4 2019 and Q3 2018 respectively. Sector contribution in 2019 was 10.68% which is higher than the same period in 2018. Real GDP growth was 8.5%.

“Finance and Services sector grew at 23.3% in nominal terms. This is higher than the preceding quarter and the similar period in 2018. The Sectors annual contribution in 2019 was 2.93%. In real terms, this growth was at 20.18%,”Dr Dipeolu stressed.

Economic growth
The Presidential aide said that the economic growth was reflective of a healthy economy and points to the policies of government towards specific priority sectors.

“The report shows that Nigeria is growing, even higher than some international analysts had predicted.
 
“This growth can be attributed to the robust policies of the government to diversify the economy, renewed security efforts/reduced vandalism of pipelines, and improved consumption/production of local goods (Rice) etc.
                                                  
“Overall, the Nigerian economy performed reasonably despite external shocks, internal issues (border closure), tightening of monetary policy, and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s continued defense of the Naira,”Dr Dipeolu said.

He added that there was improvement in oil prices, reduced effect of disease on crops (Lassa fever), more support to SMEs, early passage of the budget and continued diversification of the economy.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere