Subsidy: Tinubu directs NEC to kick- start providing palliatives

Spread the love

Abuja, June 7, 2023 – President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed the National Economic Council (NEC) to begin the process of providing palliatives to cushion the harsh effects of petrol subsidy removal.

Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, said this on Wednesday while briefing correspondents after leading some major oil marketers on a courtesy visit on the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governor said the marketers were in the presidential villa to express solidarity with the president for his bold decision to end subsidy on petrol.

He said the president’s action showed his determination and courage to remove the hemorrhage that had bedevilled the country for decades.

He said the country was spending about N4 trillion annually on subsidy, which henceforth would be taken to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) for sharing among three tiers of government.

The governor said, while there would be some discomfort on the part of the people, the move would eventually pay off as there could be no gains without pains.

He said the country would be saving over N6 trillion annually, noting that fuel prices had escalated in some neighbouring countries because of the increase in pump price in Nigeria.

Winifred Akpani, The Chairman of Depot and Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPMAN), led the group of major oil marketers that announced their intention to donate 50 to 100 50-seater mass transit (at the cost of about N10 billion) CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses with the hope that others well-meaning corporate bodies can do the same to cushion the effect of subsidy removal.

Akpani said the courtesy visit was to express the major oil marketers’ utmost support to the Federal Government’s decisions remove the fuel subsidy and maintain single exchange rate in the country.

She said that they were aware of the difficulties the subsidy removal had created in the country, expressing optimism that it was going to reposition the country.

The Managing Director of Northwest Petroleum & Gas Company Limited noted that Nigeria in the first three months of 2023 spent over N2 trillion, adding that if it continued with the payment, by the end of the year, it might spend about N7 trillion.

Akpani said through subsidy, Nigeria has been feeding her neighbouring countries, adding that it could no longer subsidise fuel for African countries, while its economy continued to bleed.(GBN)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *