The manufacturing sector of the economy recorded a growth of 6.93 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year amid lack of significant credit advance from the banking sector. The growth was 2.13 per cent higher than the 4.80 per cent which was recorded in the third quarter of the year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
At the last monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting of January 2016, the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele noted that net domestic credit (NDC) grew by 12.13 per cent, it remained below the provisional benchmark of 29.30 per cent for 2015 while growth in aggregate credit reflected mainly growth in credit to the Federal Government by 151.56 per cent in December 2015 compared with 145.74 per cent in the corresponding period of 2014.
However, according to the fourth quarter GDP estimates released recently by the statistical agency, the sector contributed 9.09 per cent to nominal GDP in Q4 2015, though lower than the 9.11 per cent recorded in the corresponding period of 2014, and 9.67 per cent in the third quarter of 2015.
It further noted that real GDP growth of the manufacturing sector slowed by 13.09 per cent to 0.38 per cent (year-on-year) from 13.47 per cent growth recorded in fourth quarter of 2014.
Growth was however 2.13 per cent higher than rates recorded in Q3 2015 while on a quarter-on-quarter basis, the sector slowed on the margin by -0.03 per cent.
Apparently, the manufacturing sector recorded a nominal year on year growth of 2.43 per cent in the period under review. This was 28.63 per cent lower than the 31.06 per cent growth rate recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2014, and 1.02 per cent lower than the growth rate of 3.46 per cent recorded in Q3.
(Source: Nigerian World Forum)