NNPC To Pay N874bn In June As Subsidy Hits N1.82tn

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NNPC MobilThe latest figures obtained from NNPC in Abuja showed how the amount spent on fuel subsidies grew from January to April this year.

In January, February, March and April, the oil firm incurred N210.38bn, N219.78bn, N245.77bn and N271.58bn respectively, while the total during the four-month period was N947.51bn.

“This is unsustainable. In just four months we’ve incurred this much as subsidy on petrol because of our continued dependence on petroleum products imports,” the National Public Relations Officer, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Chief Ukadike Chinedu, stated.

He added, “And this is because all our refineries are not yet working despite several promises by the government that the plants will start production. The value of the naira is depreciating daily, so what do you expect?

“Nigeria will continue to subsidize petroleum products and that is static at the moment and based on this, our naira will continue to be devalued, because so many dollars are just being deployed in pursuing products.”

On what could be done to remedy the situation, the IPMAN official replied, “Fixing the refineries is supposed to be our priority considering the gains it would have on the economy and the country as a whole.

“The managers of this country should encourage modular refineries in Nigeria. Secondly, even small-scale refineries should be encouraged to come up to boost the moribund refineries we have. Nigeria can even build a brand new refinery from the scratch, it will help us.”

The Executive Secretary, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Clement Isong, had earlier told our correspondent that subsidy might hit N6tn in 2022.

“It is a function of how our exchange rate goes. It is a function of how the price of oil goes. If we are lucky and if things are on our site, then it (subsidy) might be less. But if things are not on our side, if you do the current calculation as of today, based on all the numbers today, if things do not improve, it can easily reach N6tn,” he stated.

Commenting on the development, a former President, of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Dr. Sam Nzekwe, stated that the funds spent on petrol subsidy would have been used to address the challenges in other sectors of the economy.

“This is the reason why we have been urging the government to fix our refineries and let us refine our crude here and save the forex being used in importing petrol. We can’t continue spending this much on petrol subsidy,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the NNPC in its most recent presentation to FAAC, informed the committee that more deductions would be made from what would be shared by the three tiers of government this month.

It said, “The value shortfall on the importation of PMS recovered from April 2022 proceeds is N271,125,127,487.58, while the outstanding balance carried forward is N371bn.

“The estimated value shortfall of N874,503,649,663.98bn (consisting of arrears of N371bn plus estimated April 2022 value shortfall of N503,313,767,828.14) is to be recovered from May 2022 proceed due for sharing at the June 2022 FAAC meeting.”

 


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