Nigeria Records 2.54% GDP Growth in Q3

Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 2.54% year-on-year in real terms in the third quarter of 2023, according to the latest report from the statistics office.

The National Bureau of Statistics said the growth rate is higher than the 2.25% recorded in the third quarter of 2022 and higher than the second quarter of 2023 growth of 2.51%.

The performance of the GDP in the third quarter of 2023 was driven mainly by the services sector, which recorded a growth of 3.99% and contributed 52.70% to the aggregate GDP.

The agriculture sector grew by 1.30%, from the growth of 1.34% recorded in the third quarter of 2022. The growth of the industry sector was 0.46%, an improvement from -8.00% recorded in the third quarter of 2022.

In terms of share of the GDP, agriculture, and the industry sectors contributed less to the aggregate GDP in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the third quarter of 2022.

In the quarter under review, aggregate GDP stood at N60,658,600.37 million in nominal terms, according to NBS report.

The office said this performance is higher when compared to the third quarter of 2022 which recorded aggregate GDP of N52,255,809.62 million, indicating a year-on-year nominal growth of 16.08%.

For better clarity, the Nigerian economy has been classified broadly into the oil and non-oil sectors. In Q3, Nigeria recorded an average daily oil production of 1.45 million barrels per day (mbpd), higher than the daily average production of 1.20mbpd recorded in the same quarter of 2022 by 0.25mbpd and higher than the second quarter of 2023 production volume of 1.22 mbpd by 0.23mbpd.

The real growth of the oil sector was –0.85% year-on-year in Q3 2023, indicating an increase of 21.83% points relative to the rate recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2022 (-22.67%).

Growth also increased by 12.58% points when compared to Q2 2023 which was –13.43%. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, the oil sector recorded a growth rate of 12.47% in Q3 2023.

The Oil sector contributed 5.48% to the total real GDP in Q3 2023, down from the figure recorded in the corresponding period of 2022 and up from the preceding quarter, where it contributed 5.66% and 5.34% respectively.

The non-oil sector grew by 2.75% in real terms during the reference quarter (Q3 2023). This rate was lower by 1.52% points compared to the rate recorded in the same quarter of 2022 and 0.84% points lower than the second quarter of 2023.

This sector was driven in the third quarter of 2023 mainly by Information and Communication (Telecommunication); Financial and Insurance (Financial Institutions); Agriculture (Crop production); Trade; Construction; and Real Estate, accounting for positive GDP growth.

In real terms, the non-oil sector contributed 94.52% to the nation’s GDP in the third quarter of 2023, higher than the share recorded in the third quarter of 2022 which was 94.34% and lower than the second quarter of 2023 recorded as 94.66%. Reps To Investigate N200bn Expenditure On Postponed 2023 Census