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FG Spends N600bn Monthly On Petrol Subsidy- Rainoil CEO

Gabriel Ogbechie, the CEO of Rainoil Limited, revealed that the federal government is now allocating N600 billion monthly for petrol subsidy.

Speaking at the Stanbic IBTC Energy and Infrastructure Breakfast Session in Lagos, he explained that this decision came after the devaluation of the naira in the foreign exchange market.

With daily consumption standing at 40 million litres and the foreign exchange rate at N1,300, he noted that the government’s subsidy per litre of petrol ranges from N400 to N500.

“When Mr President came last year, one of the things he said is that subsidy is gone and truly, subsidy was gone because immediately, the price of fuel moved from N200 per litre to N500 per litre,” he said.

“At that point, truly subsidy was gone, because officially, naira was exchanging maybe for anything between N450 to N470. But a few weeks later, they merged the exchange rates and naira officially moved to about N750. At that point, subsidy was beginning to come back.

“Again, depending on what the exchange rate was, we could go into an argument on whether the exchange was N750 or N500, or whatever.

“But the moment the two markets officially closed by January this year due to a policy, the CBN came and officially, the market went to about N1300 at that point that conversation was out of the window. There was officially subsidy on petrol.

“If you want to know where petrol should be. Just look at where diesel is. Diesel is about N1300, Petrol is selling for N600. So I can tell you for free top of my head, there is at least N400 or N500 per litre subsidy on petrol today.

“If you look at what our daily consumption say, conservatively 40 million litres a day if you’re spending N500, that’s at least N20 billion every day, N600 billion every month or N7.2 trillion depending on how you look at it. So subsidy is definitely back on petrol.”

He pointed out that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) being the sole importer of petrol in the country indicates that the subsidy persists. Nevertheless, he stressed the importance for the government to focus on modular refining to enhance self-reliance in petroleum products.

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