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Subsidy: Nigerians to spend N6.7tn on fuel in 2022, NLC, Senate fault N5,000 palliative

Subsidy: Nigerians to spend N6.7tn on fuel in 2022, NLC, Senate fault N5,000 palliative

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Subsidy: Nigerians to spend N6.7tn on fuel in 2022, NLC, Senate fault N5,000 palliative

Subsidy: Nigerians to spend N6.7tn on fuel in 2022, NLC, Senate fault N5,000 palliative

Nigerians to pay additional N3.4tn annually on petroleum consumption

Nigerians will spend about N6.732tn on the purchase of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, within a period of 12 months once the Federal Government stops subsidising the commodity from February next year, investigations have revealed.

This came to the fore on Wednesday as the Nigeria Labour Congress described government’s plan as a “penny wise-pound foolish” gamble.

The Senate and economic experts also faulted the Federal Government’s plan to pay N5,000 each to 40 million Nigerians to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari, had on Tuesday announced at a World Bank event in Abuja that petrol would sell for between N320 and N340 per litre from February 2022.

The current pump price of petrol at filling stations is between N162 and N165/litre, although the product is mostly sold at the upper N165/litre rate due to recent challenges in the downstream oil sector.

The N165/litre price is basically because the product is being subsidised by the Federal Government through the NNPC.

Going by the latest revelation of the NNPC boss that subsidy on petrol would end in February and the price jerked up to N340/litre, findings showed that Nigerians would spend about N18.7bn daily for the over 55 million litres of petrol consumed each day across the country.

Users of petrol would spend about N561bn for the average of 30 days in a month, while in the 12-month period, consumers would pay about N6.732tn.

In its most recently published monthly operational and financial report, which was for April 2021, the NNPC put the daily petrol consumption in Nigeria at 55.79 million litres.

“To ensure continuous increased PMS supply and effective distribution across the country, a total of 1.67 billion litres of PMS translating to 55.79 million litres per day were supplied for the month in the downstream sector,” the oil firm stated.

Working with 55 million litres daily consumption figure and the current price of N165/litre, consumers of petrol are estimated to be currently paying N9.075bn daily and about N277.25bn monthly.

By increasing the cost of petrol to N340/litre and matching it against the 55 million daily consumption rate, Nigerians would be paying N18.7bn daily for PMS, while their monthly spending would be N561bn.

This means that the annual fuel consumption bill of Nigerians will be in the region of N6.732tn.

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