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The Federal Government has revealed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has requested the sum of three trillion naira (₦3,000,000,000,000) as fuel subsidy for 2022.
Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, made this disclosure while speaking to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting which was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
‘In 2022, because of the increased crude oil price per barrel in the global market, now at $80 per barrel, and also because NNPC’s assessment is that Nigeria is that the country is consuming 65.7 million litres per day, that we would end up with an incremental cost of ₦3 trillion in 2022,’ the minister added.
According to Mrs Ahmed, by implication, the Federal Government will have to make an incremental provision of ₦2.557 trillion in order to meet subsidy requirements which currently averages about ₦270 billion per month.
The finance minister further disclosed that only ₦443 billion is presently available in the 2022 budget meant to accommodate subsidy from January to June.
She also stated that the current realities on the ground including lack of structures, for now, has necessitated the NNPC to make the request.
That request, she revealed, was considered by the council, which has directed the ministry to approach the National Assembly for an amendment to the fiscal framework as well as the budget.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its planned nationwide protest over the removal of fuel subsidy resolving to rather engage the federal government over the matter.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that the decision is coming barely few hours after the union had vowed to continue with its planned nationwide rally on Thursday and after the Federal Government announced the suspension of the planned removal of the fuel subsidy.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK