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Subsidy Removal Windfall: In Two Months, Govt Saves N1.83tr



The Federal Government has saved N1.83 trillion less than three months after it stopped the payment of subsidy on petrol, The Nation has learnt.

The savings were made from revenue that accrued into the federation account in June and July.

A source within the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) confirmed to our reporter that the amount was saved in the federation account “first as a fall back (augmentation) for a rainy day”.

The source said that N1, 051,946,000,000 was saved in from the N1.97 trillion revenue generated in June. Additional N779,890,000,000 was saved from the N1.746 trillion revenue raked in last month.

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According to the source, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy (CME), Mr. Wale Edun, has briefed the heads of revenue generating agencies on what the government plans to do with the savings.

The CME said the Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration a plans to save money to execute projects without relying on borrowing.

On Sunday, President Tinubu told his hosts at the opening of the 63rd Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) annual conference that the country can no longer continue to serve national debts with 90 per cent of its revenue.

Also at the inaugural Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday, the President told his ministers that his administration will rather create a stable macroeconomic environment than borrowing more money to implement projects.

He said Nigeria was no longer in a position to accumulate more debts.

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The CME has since communicated the President’s position to FAAC members and the revenue generating agencies.

The N1.831 trillion saving from the FAAC revenue, the official said, is domiciled in the federation account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

It was learnt that the federal government has been able “to convince most FAAC members of the need to save from the revenue that will accrue to the Federation Account with the understanding that what will be shared amongst all the beneficiaries of the Federation Account will not go below a certain threshold”.

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“In the event that what is available for sharing in any particular month is below the agreed threshold, then FAAC will be at liberty to withdraw from the savings to augment for the month”, the source explained.

It said the Federation Account was able to garner trillions of naira in two months following the government’s decision to stop subsidizing petrol.

During last Wednesday’s inauguration of ministers in Abuja, Tinubu affirmed his unwavering dedication to ending the destructive pattern of heavily relying on loans to finance public spending.

Acknowledged the hindrance of such reliance to prudent management of government’s limited revenue, the president said loan servicing obligations consume significant portions of these funds.

His commitment,  he explained is to find alternative solutions to reduce borrowing for public spending and ensure a more sustainable fiscal plan for Nigeria.

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