The Federal Government has said it is reviewing excise duty rates on wines and spirits. The review is coming nine months after President Muhammadu Buhari approved incremental tariff increase on alcohol and tobacco products. According to a Tuesday report in Bloomberg, Paul Abechi, a spokesman for Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed, said in emailed response to questions, without giving a time frame. \u201cFollowing continued consultation by the government, it has been decided and approved that the excise duties on wines and spirit should be reviewed,\u201d Abechi said. \u201cThe process has been set in motion through the relevant departments and inter-ministerial committees and it will soon resolve the matter in a mutually benefiting way.\u201d \u201cThe companies don\u2019t need additional tax at a time the economy is coming out of recession and inflation is still high,\u201d David Adonri, chief executive of Lagos-based High cap Securities said in a telephone interview. \u201cA downward adjustment or abolition of the tax is needed to enable them to remain in business and create jobs.\u201d President Muhammadu Buhari\u2019s administration introduced a phased 17% increase in duties on alcoholic beverages to boost non-oil earnings amid declining income from the oil industry. Budget and Planning Minister Udo Udoma said revenue was about 55% of expected earnings last year.