Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 5.01%(year-on-year) in real terms in the second quarter
of 2021, marking three consecutive quarters of growth following the negative growth rates recorded in
the second and third quarters of 2020.
NBS disclosed this in its GDP Report for Q2 released on Thursday.
According to the report, 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 Report stated that 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 percent in 2021 compared to -2.18 percent for the first half of 2020.
Nevertheless, quarter on quarter, real GDP grew at -0.79 percent in Q2 2021 compared to Q1 2021, reflecting slightly slower economic activity than the preceding quarter due largely to seasonality.
In the quarter under review, aggregate GDP stood at N39.12trn in nominal terms, higher than the second quarter of 2020 with aggregate GDP of N34.02trn, indicating a year-on-year nominal growth rate of 14.99 percent.
The nominal GDP growth rate in Q2 2021 was higher than -2.80 percent growth recorded in the second quarter of 2020 when economic activities slowed sharply at the outset of the pandemic.