States Approve Removal of Fuel Subsidy
The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) yesterday adopted the
recommendations of its ad hoc committee which recommended the outright
stoppage of provisions for fuel subsidy in the Federation Account with
Confirming the decision of the FAAC, the Chairman of the States Finance
Commissioners' Forum, Mr. Timothy Odaah, said that with the adoption of
the recommendations, it now implied that fuel subsidy deductions would not
be provided for in the Federation Account. He spoke during a media chat on
decisions taken at its meeting.
Odaah explained that the states would now be paid directly whatever was
due them from the account and that they could now be using the accruals to
subsidise the needs of their people.
He said the decision was informed by the fact that experiences about the
fuel subsidy regime over the years showed that rather than benefitting the
masses, the payments had largely been enjoyed by individuals who were
involved in the management of the funds.
Meanwhile, the three tiers of government shared a total sum of N641.380bn
in March being statutory and other allocations from the Federation
A communiqué issued at the end of the Federation Account Allocation
Committee's, FAAC's, meeting which ended at about 8.30pm indicated that
the gross revenue that accrued to the government in the month stood at
N614.358bn. The amount was lower than the N666.745bn received in the
A breakdown of the shared amount showed that the Federal Government got
N249.084bn from Statutory Distributions compared with the States and Local
Governments' N126.339bn and N97.402bn respectively.
The oil producing states got additional N57.270bn being the 13 per cent
derivation earned from minerals revenue from the Oil and Gas sector
In addition, the tiers of government also shared N60.775bn earned from
Value Added Tax (VAT) collections. The Federal Government received
N9.116bn being the 15 per cent of the distributions while the States got
N30.388bn or 50 per cent compared with Local Governments' N21.271bn.
Other components of the shared amounts reflected that the N7.617bn
refunded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was shared
by the State and Local Governments. The SURE-P Programme fund totalling
N35.549 billion was also distributed.
Speaking shortly after the meeting, the Accountant- General of the
Federation, Mr. Jonah Otunla, attributed the decline in revenue earnings
to primarily production shut-in
“At Qua Iboe Terminal and shut down of Forcados, also oil theft and some
repair works on pipeline leaks at Bonny and Brass Terminals.”