Buhari Reveals Why Petrol Subsidy Will Be Removed
Buhari stated this on Friday while presenting the proposed 2023 budget, to the joint session of the National Assembly.
Kanyi Daily reports that the president presented the N20.51 trillion 2023 appropriation bill to the national assembly, earlier on Friday.
According to Buhari, the subsidy was no longer sustainable considering the current fiscal impact.
“As we seek to grow our government revenues, we must also focus on the efficiency of utilisation of our limited resources. Critical steps we are taking include immediate implementation of additional measures towards reducing the cost of governance and the discontinuation of fuel subsidy in 2023 as announced earlier,” he said.
This, the president said, was important for the country, to manage its limited resources.
Buhari however, noted that there would be alternative provisions to curb the effects of the petrol subsidy removal.
“We are however mindful of the fact that reducing government spending too drastically can be socially destabilising, and so will continue to implement programmes to support the more vulnerable segments of society,” he said.
“Petrol subsidy has been a recurring and controversial public policy issue in our country since the early eighties. However, its current fiscal impact has clearly shown that the policy is unsustainable.
“As a country, we must now confront this issue taking cognisance of the need to provide safety nets to cushion the attendant effects on some segments of society.”