FG Govt Applying Quasi-Subsidy On Petrol – TUC President, Osifo

The President of the Trade Union Congress, Festus Osifo, has revealed that the Nigerian federal Government is currently applying quasi-subsidy on fuel.

Osifo stated that the measure is the reason why pump price of petrol remained between N617 and N700 despite the Foreign Exchange fluctuations before the recent fuel scarcity.

In an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday, the TUC President claimed that the federal government is providing special foreign exchange concessions for petrol importers.

He said: “Government exists to take care of the welfare of the people.

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“When the Naira was floated, it was devalued for us and then the currency started moving south.

“TUC was worried and engaged the government to bring some level of control. If we had allowed what was done to diesel to happen to Premium Motor Spirit, it would have been sold for over N1000 per litre.

“We had a conversation with the managers of the sector. We said the issue of PMS price should not escalate beyond where it was then. We propose that the government give fuel importers a special rate for product importation.

“What is happening today is that there is a special concession for fuel importers. Because that is fixed, you see the price of PMS where it is today. If we had allowed that float with the rate of Naira at the FX market, PMS would be selling for over N1200 per litre. Due to the intervention we made, they managed itis from the backend. You can call it Quasi-deregulation.”