Nigeria spent the equivalent of Kenya’s GDP on fuel subsidy in 5 years

Nigeria incurred subsidies for petrol and kerosene estimated at $65 billion between 2011 and 2015, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said on Thursday.

The minister said this in a presentation at a 2-day African modular refinery forum, organized by the Modular Refiners Association of Nigeria (MRAN) in partnership with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). Represented b the Deputy Director, Engineering and Standards of the DPR, Engr. Olumide Adeleke, Kachikwu said this amount excluded an estimated $6billion the country lost from the vandalism of oil and gas infrastructure.

The minister said that had the subsidy bill been properly channeled, it could have financed the entire investment required to realize the Vision 20:2020 target of 50 per cent national refining capacity of crude oil produced in Nigeria, stimulated employment and economic growth and ensure significant reduction in the federation foreign exchange expenditure for petrol imports.

He also lamented that that despite the country’s four refineries, Nigeria has been plagued with a continuous import cycle of 92 per cent of its daily consumption. Read the full story here.