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Petrol Subsidy Gulps N541b In Six Months




The National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has revealed the cost of subsidising Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) between February and July, 2021.

According to the NNPC, the cost hit N541billion.

The figure was revealed at a presentation to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).

In February, NNPC spent N25.37billion, March N60.39billion, April N61.97billion, May N126.33, June N164.33 and N103.28 in July.

The huge cost of financing the subsidy has taken a toll on the remittance to the Federation Account for onward distribution to the three tiers of government.

Due to the toll that the subsidy payment has taken on the finances, the NNPC could not make any remittance to the Federation Account in May this year. In June it reduced the remittance by N126billion, in July N114billion and N170billion in August.

Besides, the document reflected that NNPC remitted N349billion to the three tiers of government from January to last month.

The contribution was an indication of N1.1 trillion shortfall in the period.

The fund was paid as followed: January N90 billion; February N64billion; March N41billion; April N0; May N38billion; June N47billion and in July N67billion.

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