Nigeria Is Paying Fuel Subsidy In 2024, FG Finally Owns Up After Several Denials

Nigeria Is Paying Fuel Subsidy In 2024, FG Finally Owns Up After Several Denials

5th June 2024, NewsOrient
News, Business And Economy, Governance And Development

The President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Federal Government of Nigeria has finally owned up that it has been lying to Nigerians that it has not been paying oil subsidy.

A report culled from NewsExpress, quoting BusinessDay, says: “in a surprising turn of events, the federal government has finally admitted Africa’s biggest oil-producing country will be spending up to N5.4 trillion on oil subsidies in 2024.

This comes after months of repeated denials by government officials who insisted there were no subsidies.”

“The revelation came during a presentation by Wala Edun, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy on an Accelerated Stabilisation and Advancement Plan (ASAP), designed to address key challenges affecting the reform initiatives and stimulate development in various sectors of the economy.

“At current rates, expenditure on fuel subsidy is projected to reach ₦5.4 trillion by the end of 2024. This compares unfavourably with ₦3.6 trillion in 2023 and ₦2.0 trillion in 2022,” a draft copy of the ASAP presented by Edun said.

The federal government had previously maintained that it would no longer subsidise fuel costs, instead opting for a deregulation policy.

“As far as I’m concerned, the President removed the subsidy and it remains removed till today. Anybody who is saying that subsidy is being paid, it is left for the person to bring the facts and then we will talk about them,” Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil) said in April. (BusinessDay)”

With Wale Edun’s presentation, it has become clearer that so much still needs to be made public and admitted in Nigerian oil politics, economy and real reasons behind the current hardship in oil-rich Nigeria

~ NewsOrient