…It is unsustainable and the government cannot afford it anymore…

Removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria is for the best according to the World Bank

The council reached this agreement on Thursday, April 27, 2023, during a valedictory meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, the council acknowledged the need for continued discussions on the issue and that the government, in collaboration with states and representatives of the incoming administration, requires more preparatory work.

Ahmed further stated that the fuel subsidy must be removed earlier rather than later, as it is unsustainable and the government cannot afford it anymore. However, the council agreed that the impact of the subsidy removal should be as minimal as possible on the lives of ordinary Nigerians, and alternatives to the fuel subsidy need to be explored and planned for.

The federal government will be working together with representatives of the states from now until June 2023 to put the building blocks towards the eventual removal of the subsidy.

It is noteworthy that the budget for 2023 has a provision for fuel subsidy only up to June 2023, and the Petroleum Industry Act requires that all petroleum products must be deregulated 18 months after the effective date of the PMS removal, which is also up to June 2023.


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