Buhari Not In Support Of Fuel Subsidy Removal – Petroleum Minister

Buhari Not In Support Of Fuel Subsidy Removal – Petroleum Minister
Timipre Sylva

Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum, says President Muhammadu Buhari opposes the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

Instead, he stated that the federal government intended to conclude consultations before issuing a clear policy direction on the subject.

“I will tell you categorically that at this moment, the complete removal of subsidy is not on our plate at all,” said Sylva during this week’s edition of Channels Television’s Newsnight.

“The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not in support of removing subsidy at this time,” he said.

Sylva explained that the President’s position in opposing fuel subsidy was predicated on its effect on citizens at the bottom of the pyramid.

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He also identified some of the options the authorities were considering regarding the issue.

“We are working out the processes,” said the minister. “Of course, we all know that it is a desirable policy direction. Of course, we know that it will have some impacts on the people and that is why we are trying to work out some of those things.

“Until those details are worked out properly with (the organised) labour, and with all the stakeholders in the sector, we will not remove the subsidy. At this moment, it is not on our plate, I can tell you that.

“This is something that needs to be worked out between the Federal Government and the states because this is a federation issue. We are working with the governors to see how we can continue with this policy direction of subsidising fuel for the foreseeable future.”

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