The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released the full year 2017 Gross Domestic Product growth rate for the country with the economy growing by 0.82 per cent in 2017.
The 0.82 per cent growth in GDP is an improvement over the contraction of -1.58 per cent which the economy recorded in 2016 during the period of recession.
The bureau in the report which was made available to our correspondent said the economy further consolidated it’s recovery from recession with GDP growing by 1.92 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017, as against 1.4 per cent in the third quarter.
It said, “The nation’s GDP grew in Q4 2017 by 1.92 per cent year-on-year in real terms, maintaining its positive growth since the emergence of the economy from recession in Q2 2017.
“This growth is compared to a contraction of –1.73 per cent recorded in Q4 2016 and a growth of 1.40 per cent recorded in Q3 2017. Quarter on quarter, real GDP growth was 4.29 per cent.
“The year 2017 recorded a real annual growth rate of 0.83 per cent higher than –1.58 per cent recorded in 2016.”
The NBS report said the economy in the fourth quarter recorded aggregate GDP of N31.2tn in nominal terms. This, it added, is higher when compared to N29.16tn in the corresponding fourth quarter of 2016.
In the fourth quarter of 2017, the report said oil production averaged 1.91million barrels per day, adding that this is 0.12 million barrels lower than the daily average production recorded in the third quarter of 2017.
For the non-oil sector, the NBS report said it grew by 1.45 per cent in real terms during the fourth quarter of 2017.
The report said the non-oil sector recorded an annual growth rate of 0.47 per cent compared to –0.22 per cent in 2016.