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Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari, GMD, NNPC.

The The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) spent N675 billion in fuel subsidy in three months, figures from the company show.

NNPC in its monthly presentation to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting on Wednesday, April 27, said that it deducted N245.77 billion for petrol under-recovery costs in March.

The value shortfall comprises the previous months’ outstanding and part of the February 2022 value shortfall.

In the first quarter of 2022, the data showed that petrol subsidy payments totalled N675.93 billion.

According to the document, NNPC said it would also deduct N671.88 billion (under-recovery outstandings) from its remittance to FAAC for April — due to the federation in May.

Under-recovery or subsidy is the underpriced sales of premium motor spirit (PMS), better known as petrol.

“The estimated Value Shortfall of N671,882,996,685.81 (consisting of N519 billion for estimated April 2022 recovery plus N152 billion of March 2022) is to be recovered from April 2022 proceed due for sharing at the May 2022 FAAC Meeting,” NNPC said.

According to the document, the national oil company declared zero remittance to the federation account — the third time in 2022.

Further checks by Thecable showed that, for the month of March, the gross domestic crude oil and gas revenue was 259.54 billion.

In January, February and March 2022, petrol subsidy gulped 210.38 billion, N219.78 billion, and N245.77 billion, respectively.

Payments for subsidies have continued to dwindle remittances accrued to the federation account. In February, the federal government postponed the planned petrol subsidy removal, citing “high inflation and economic hardship”.

It, however, asked the national assembly to approve N4 trillion to cater for costly petrol subsidy in 2022 — as a result of high global oil prices due to the Russia-Ukraine war.

The World Bank had advised Nigeria to rethink its steps in the petrol subsidy policy

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