NNPC spends N623.16bn on fuel subsidy exposed

FILE PHOTO: The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) headquarters are seen in Abuja, Nigeria December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo

Despite claims to the contrary, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reported to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) that it spent N623.16 billion on under recovery otherwise known as subsidy from January to November, 2018.

The report to FAAC was made at the last meeting in Abuja where revenue generating agencies gave account of their performances in the year.

The NNPC in its report dated 19th December, 2018  revealed that it also has an arrears of N67.23 billion for deductions made from FAAC.

The report said there is a total FAAC deduction of N676.49 billion comprising of N599.74 billion as under recovery for Direct Sales Direct Purchase (DSDP) arrangement and the sum of N23.43 billion as under recovered from it’s refineries.

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The document said that the amount incurred by the NNPC as under-recovery was deducted from the Federation Account as follows: January N45.78 billion, February N59.51 billion, March N34.03 billion, April N77.9 billion and May N88.9 billion.

Breakdown of the N623.16 billion under-recovery showed that the sum of N51.24 billion was incurred in January while February, March and April recorded N58.66 billion, N36.09 billion, and N82.4 billion respectively.

In the month of May, the amount of under-recovery incurred by NNPC on PMS dropped to N36.87 billion but rose to N53.41 billion in June, N52.43 billion in July and N63.18 billion in the month of August.

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In the month of June 2018, the corporation deducted about N68.6 billion, in July, August, September, October and November the Corporation made deductions of N52.5 billion, N60.6 billion, N71.56 billion, N51.18 billion and N65.86 billion respectively.

Apart from the deductions from FAAC, the amount spent on subsidy or as under-recovery by the NNPC went up to N71.8 billion in September before dropping again to N51.18 billion and N65.86 billion in the months of October and November respectively.

From the document it shows that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is currently subsidising Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol through its under recovery arrangements.

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