Buhari Finally Cancels Fuel Subsidy, Petrol Price To Go Up To N97/Litre Next Year

Date: 15-12-2015 9:16 am (5 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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Following the reports that crude oil prices has hit a seven-year low with global reference crude, West Texas Intermediate and Brent trading yesterday at $34.7 and $36.7 per barrel respectively, which effectively disrupting Nigeria’s $38 per barrel benchmark for 2016 budget, the Federal Government has found it necessary and imperative to remove the fuel subsidy as well as increasing the petroleum price from N87 to N97.

The crash has resulted into about N1.45 trillion shortfall in the value of the projected oil output in the international market based on production target increased in the 2016 plan to 2.2 million barrel per day (mbpd), up from actual 1.9 mbpd in 2015.

On official exchange rate of N198/ $1 upon which the revenue projection was based, the value of the total budgeted oil output is $35.14 billion or N6.95 trillion but with the latest price development, the output would now yield $27.8 billion or N5.5 trillion.

With the latest crude oil price development, 2016 budget deficit would increase to about N2.7 trillion from N2.22 trillion, assuming government is able to meet its target of 2.2 mbpd, otherwise the deficit would be much higher.

Also, the development, according to economy analysts, would put more pressure on the external reserves and the exchange rate while forcing the government to resort to more borrowing, thereby increasing both its deficit-to-GDP ratio and debt-to-GDP ratio.

In the 2016 fiscal plan, deficit/GDP ratio was more than doubled to 2.2 per cent, from actual one per cent as at September 2015.

According to the 2016 fiscal plan, Federal Government would only have a marginally increased contribution from value added tax, VAT, at N67.7 billion in 2016, from N67.5 billion in 2015 while an additional inflow of N350 billion is expected to come from misappropriated funds recoveries.

The deficit will necessitate borrowings worth N1.8 trillion of which domestic borrowing is fixed at N1.2 trillion while foreign borrowing is about N600 billion. If the oil price remains gloomy in the coming year borrowings would increase or the government would be forced to effect a further cut on expenditure.

Already, recurrent expenditure is projected to fall from 84 per cent in 2015 to 70 per cent in 2016 while capital expenditure is expected to increase from 16 per cent in 2015 to 30 per cent in 2016.

The latest price shock is coming less than a week after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, approved the 2016 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, which outlined government’s revenue as well as a deficit budget to be funded largely by the oil income.The 2016 budget is derived from the MTEF which is a three-year fiscal plan.

Crude oil prices have been on the decline since last week after the decision by Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)’s to maintain crude oil production.

The price of OPEC basket of 12 crudes stood at $34.69 a barrel on Thursday last week and was $34.80 a barrel the previous day.

Brent crude futures fell below $38 a barrel for the first time since December 2008 on Friday last week. WTI also settled at $35.62 a barrel, down by 3.1 percent, or $1.14.

The U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its December oil market report released at the weekend, forecasts that Brent crude oil prices will average $53 per barrel in 2015 and $56 per barrel in 2016.

It stated: “EIA’s crude oil price forecast remains subject to significant uncertainties as the oil market moves toward balance.

“During this period of price discovery, oil prices could continue to experience periods of heightened volatility. The oil market faces many uncertainties heading into 2016, including the pace and volume at which Iranian oil reenters the market, the strength of oil consumption growth, and the responsiveness of non-OPEC production to low oil prices”.

 


Posted: at 15-12-2015 09:16 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
- Novic at 15-12-2015 09:35 AM (5 years ago)
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This country self, its gud that buhari cancel fuel subsidy but why petrol go stil be 97/litre nxt year.
Posted: at 15-12-2015 09:35 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- akinmanchy at 15-12-2015 09:37 AM (5 years ago)
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Vicious circle. Despite all the promises nothing has changed. Smh

Posted: at 15-12-2015 09:37 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- winace at 15-12-2015 10:29 AM (5 years ago)
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Nooooo I was expecting to hear d president new year message say fuel price is now 40 naira per litre has promised. Dis one is called d more we look d less we see. No wahala. I never believe in lies  anyway.
Posted: at 15-12-2015 10:29 AM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- freethinker at 15-12-2015 10:56 AM (5 years ago)
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BUHARI IS A CONFUSED MAN, HE HAS NOTHING TO OFFER.
HE IS ON REVENGE MISSION, PERIOD!
Posted: at 15-12-2015 10:56 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Wazubia at 15-12-2015 11:26 AM (5 years ago)
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It is good, if the product will be available all the time. But PMB should involve more of people that knows about international tread and marketing strategy to his cabinet, than all these local inexperienced set of aboki that full his cabinet as adviser's.
Posted: at 15-12-2015 11:26 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Oworen25 at 15-12-2015 11:46 AM (5 years ago)
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That is a nice one there but please let the Nigerian government try and bring it down a little bit because not everyman can afford it.
Posted: at 15-12-2015 11:46 AM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- kp45 at 15-12-2015 12:12 PM (5 years ago)
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Still to come
Posted: at 15-12-2015 12:12 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- JennyK95 at 15-12-2015 12:35 PM (5 years ago)
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When fuel go b #40 per litre?Huh??
Posted: at 15-12-2015 12:35 PM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- BournIdentity at 15-12-2015 02:30 PM (5 years ago)
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D person wey post did shit want make i slap am 4 face abi? Me wey  just buy 70l 4 #200/l 4 station na im b say next week go b #300/l
Posted: at 15-12-2015 02:30 PM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- gogoman at 15-12-2015 02:40 PM (5 years ago)
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some idiots will start lashing out on buhari now...  oo have u forgot so soon that it was those damn marketer, that turn thing upside down
Posted: at 15-12-2015 02:40 PM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- AmazingMarie at 15-12-2015 04:06 PM (5 years ago)
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removing subsidy is okay but not the increase in PMS this will destabilize the economy especially the labour force.
Posted: at 15-12-2015 04:06 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- osarobo62 at 15-12-2015 04:09 PM (5 years ago)
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removing subsidies is not meant to reduce fuel price,....it will increase fuel price due to other market forces.
however, govt revenue will increase because, they won't be spending billions of naira feeding those selfish and greedy oil marketers.
fuel price can only gradually  go down when all the refineries in Nigeria are working full capacity....not now when Nigeria still depend on imported fuel.
40 naira per liter fuel now,...no way.
Posted: at 15-12-2015 04:09 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- Fazob at 15-12-2015 05:11 PM (5 years ago)
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Availability not the price, we are buying fuel for 150-180 now
Posted: at 15-12-2015 05:11 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- emma4love3 at 15-12-2015 06:20 PM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: victor   on 15-12-2015 04:09 PM
removing subsidies is not meant to reduce fuel price,....it will increase fuel price due to other market forces.
however, govt revenue will increase because, they won't be spending billions of naira feeding those selfish and greedy oil marketers.
fuel price can only gradually  go down when all the refineries in Nigeria are working full capacity....not now when Nigeria still depend on imported fuel.
40 naira per liter fuel now,...no way.
very correct my brother....you
have said it all.......
Posted: at 15-12-2015 06:20 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- zezprincess at 15-12-2015 06:28 PM (5 years ago)
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Buhari no get agenda,if he sleep&wake up,na the thing wey dey him mind he go talk or say.abeg make pass joor.
Posted: at 15-12-2015 06:28 PM (5 years ago) | Hero
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- mensch at 15-12-2015 08:21 PM (5 years ago)
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He has just done that to avoid inflation in Nigeria next year.

But that is not the right way to do things .

 
Posted: at 15-12-2015 08:21 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Giftous1 at 15-12-2015 11:14 PM (5 years ago)
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observing
Posted: at 15-12-2015 11:14 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- DAMILARE100 at 16-12-2015 07:00 AM (5 years ago)
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What do you expect when Buhari is the petroleum minister? Path to destruction 
Posted: at 16-12-2015 07:00 AM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Fazob at 16-12-2015 01:06 PM (5 years ago)
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They have been removing this thing they call subsidy at every Government. The thing no de finish? Now that he has said so is it the last time, ask am oooh
Posted: at 16-12-2015 01:06 PM (5 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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