President Muhammadu Buhari has written Nigeria’s House of Representatives, seeking a whooping increase in the provision for petrol subsidy for 2022 from N442 billion to N4 trillion.
Mr. Buhari is asking for a review of the 2022 fiscal framework, citing rising market price of crude oil caused by the Russian-Ukraine war.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajamila, read the letter, titled “Submission of the Revised 2022 Fiscal Framework” during plenary on Thursday.
The letter read in part, “As you are aware, there have been new developments both in the global economy as well as in the domestic economy which have necessitated the revision of the 2022 Fiscal Framework on which the 2022 Budget was based,” he said.
“These developments include spikes in the market price of crude oil, aggravated by the Russian-Ukraine war, signiﬁcantly lower oil production volume due principally to production shut-ins as a result of massive theft of crude oil between the production platforms and the terminals.”
According to him, the adjustments to the 2022 fiscal framework include a rise in the estimated crude oil price benchmark from $62 per barrel to $73 per barrel.
“A reduction in the projected oil production volume by 283,000 barrels per day, from 1.883 million barrels per day to 1.600 million barrels per day.”