Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) grew by 5.01% (year-on-year)
in real terms in the second quarter
of 2021, according to the National Bureau of Statistics(NBS).
The NBS disclosed this in the latest
report on the nation’s GDP released on
It explained that the increase in the
GDP index marked three consecutive
quarters of growth following the
negative growth rates recorded in the
second and third quarters of 2020.
“The Q2 2021 growth rate was higher
than the -6.10% growth rate recorded
in Q2 2020 and the 0.51% recorded in
Q1 2021 year-on-year, indicating the
return of business and economic
activity near levels seen prior to the
nationwide implementation of
COVID-19 related restrictions.
“The steady recovery observed since
the end of 2020, with the gradual
return of commercial activity, as well
as local and international travel,accounted for the significant increase in growth performance relative to the second quarter of 2020 when nationwide restrictions took effect.
“Year to date, real GDP grew 2.70% in 2021 compared to -2.18% for the first half of 2020,” NBS said.
But the real GDP (quarter-on-quarter) grew at -0.79% in Q2 2021 compared to Q1 2021, indicating slightly slower economic activity than the preceding quarter due largely to seasonality.
In the quarter under review, the NBS revealed that the aggregate GDP stood at N39,123,713.32 million in nominal terms – higher than the second quarter of 2020 with aggregate GDP of N34,023,197.60 million, indicating) year-on-year nominal growth rate of 14.99%.
It added that the nominal GDP growth rate in Q2 2021 was higher than -2.80% growth recorded in the second quarter of 2020 when economic activities slowed sharply at the outset of the pandemic.
“The Q2 2021 nominal growth rate was also higher than 12.25% growth recorded in Q1 2021,” the agency said.