Minister of finance, budget and national planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has established petroleum under-recovery popularly known as fuel subsidy as a major drain on the nation’s economy, which ought to have been totally removed from the system to free up money for critical sectors like health and education.
She said, “It is a major waste, a major drain on the economy. We are worried that we are spending money we should be spending on education and other areas.”
The minister mentioned this yesterday when she appeared on the Politics Today programme on Channels Television.
Ahmed said the lack of actual deregulation in the oil sector is denying Nigeria of the needed revenues, saying the subsidy is currently being given to people that can afford it. Stating that there is no provision for subsidy in the 2022 budget from July next year, Ahmed restated the government’s readiness to abolish the incentive from that date.
She said ahead of the plan to remove the fuel subsidy by next July, the government is currently negotiating with the labour union while also providing social welfare packages for more Nigerians to cushion the expected effect of the removal of subsidy on their livelihoods and businesses.
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