By Oladunjoye Phillip, Lagos
As the debate on if the Federal Government should remove the subsidy on petrol ranges, the cost of subsidy on a litre of petrol has come down to N24.51. This is from N48.50 it was when Muhammadu Buhari took over on May 29.,
According to a data posted by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) on its website over the weekend, the differential on the landing cost of petrol, which was N96.02, plus the marginal cost, which was N15.49, bringing the total cost of a litre of petrol to N111.51 and the retail price of N87.00 was N24.51.
The PPPRA noted that the ex-depot cost of the product was N77.66.
Meanwhile, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, told Daily Independent in an interview that the Federal Government should not think of removing the subsidy on petrol now as it would lead to an untold hardship on the citizenry.
“For us as organised labour, because we know that removing the so-called subsidy on fuel is tantamount to increasing the suffering of the average wage earner and majority of Nigerians that do not earn any wages at all, we will continue to resolutely oppose any such plan, and we will mobilise Nigerians in their millions to join us in this struggle,” he said.
He said the Congress was surprised that the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has failed to read the lips of President Buhari, who had consistently said he was not convinced that the vast majority of poor Nigerians can afford to bear the effect of the removal of the so-called subsidy on petrol.
He opined that the new NNPC boss ensure that the four refineries in the country start to work at optimum capacity within the shortest possible time; as well as come up with a doable plan for the Buhari Presidency to establish new refineries to cater for the shortfall in the domestic petroleum products needs.
But in contrast to Wabba assertions, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, said more that 90 percent of Nigerians do not benefit from the subsidy regime, insisting that the removal of the subsidy would not lead to riots as witnessed in January 2012.
Source : Independent