Removal of oil subsidy: FG to save $6bn – Minister

CHIEF Emeka Wogu, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, on Tuesday said that the
Federal Government would save about 6 billion dollars by removing fuel subsidy.

Wogu said this while declaring open the 5th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of
Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Association Institutions (NASU) in Abuja.

The theme of the conference is “NASU beyond 2011-Setting an agenda for consolidation and
progress.”

According to him, “the money that will be saved is six billion dollars. If the revenue formula is in
place, the Federal Government will now get 50 per cent of that amount.

“And the other 50 per cent will go back to finance, for budget deficit and it is a lot of money.”

He said that the 50 per cent for the Federal Government would be domiciled in the
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to be managed by eminent Nigerians, labour unions, youth
organisations and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, among others.

He said that the issue of subsidy was not “an evil deal,” rather it would stimulate the country’s
economic growth.

“I will tell you to go and ask the Minister of Finance how much it has cost the Federal
Government to support the importation of fuel, which is N1.3 trillion by the end of this year.

“Last year it was N600 billion, the previous year it was about N400 billion.”

Chief Wogu said the country’s capacity to consume fuel was on the increase while the price of
oil in international market had gone up.

“But we have located the reason we need to remove subsidy, which is to improve on our local
refineries’ capacities.”

He said that the country’s four refineries in Warri, Eleme, Port Harcourt and Kaduna were
being rehabilitated.

“What this government has done is to go back to the original people who made these
refineries, because the new contractors have failed.”

NASU president, Mrs Ladi Iliya, condemned the removal of fuel subsidy and the mass failure
in examinations in the country.

Iliya then urged the Federal Government to establish facilities for boosting education from
primary to tertiary level.

CHIEF Emeka Wogu, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, on Tuesday said that the
Federal Government would save about 6 billion dollars by removing fuel subsidy.

Wogu said this while declaring open the 5th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of
Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Association Institutions (NASU) in Abuja.

The theme of the conference is “NASU beyond 2011-Setting an agenda for consolidation and
progress.”

According to him, “the money that will be saved is six billion dollars. If the revenue formula is in
place, the Federal Government will now get 50 per cent of that amount.

“And the other 50 per cent will go back to finance, for budget deficit and it is a lot of money.”

He said that the 50 per cent for the Federal Government would be domiciled in the
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to be managed by eminent Nigerians, labour unions, youth
organisations and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, among others.

He said that the issue of subsidy was not “an evil deal,” rather it would stimulate the country’s
economic growth.

“I will tell you to go and ask the Minister of Finance how much it has cost the Federal
Government to support the importation of fuel, which is N1.3 trillion by the end of this year.

“Last year it was N600 billion, the previous year it was about N400 billion.”

Chief Wogu said the country’s capacity to consume fuel was on the increase while the price of
oil in international market had gone up.

“But we have located the reason we need to remove subsidy, which is to improve on our local
refineries’ capacities.”

He said that the country’s four refineries in Warri, Eleme, Port Harcourt and Kaduna were
being rehabilitated.

“What this government has done is to go back to the original people who made these
refineries, because the new contractors have failed.”

NASU president, Mrs Ladi Iliya, condemned the removal of fuel subsidy and the mass failure
in examinations in the country.

Iliya then urged the Federal Government to establish facilities for boosting education from
primary to tertiary level.

Author: nmmin

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