IMF advises removal of fuel subsidy in 2022

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the Federal Government of Nigeria to completely remove fuel and electricity subsidies in 2022.

According to the IMF, the removal of fuel and electricity subsidies should be considered a priority as part of the fiscal policy.

“The headline fiscal deficit is projected to worsen in the near term and remain elevated over the medium term. Despite much higher oil prices, the general government fiscal deficit is projected to widen in 2021 to 6.3 percent of GDP, reflecting implicit fuel subsidies and higher security spending, and remain at that level in 2022. There are significant downside risks to the near-term fiscal outlook from the ongoing pandemic, weak security situation and spending pressures associated with the electoral cycle.

 “Nigeria’s past experiences with fuel subsidy removal, which have all been short-lived and reversed, underscore the importance of building a consensus and improving public trust regarding the protection of the poor and efficient and transparent use of the saved resources”.

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