Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria’s minister of finance, budget and national planning, says Nigeria will remove fuel subsidies by 2022 and replace it with a N5000-a-month transportation grant to the poorest Nigerians.
Speaking at the launch of the World Bank Nigeria Development Update (NDU) on Tuesday, the minister said the grant is designed to cover about 20 to 40 million Nigerians who make up the poorest population of the country.
She said the final number of beneficiaries will depend on the resources available after the removal of the fuel subsidy.
The World Bank in the development update had said that the poorest which represents about 40% of the Nigeria population consume less than 3% of the total PMS in the country, highlighting that the rich were benefiting more from the subsidies.
Ahmed said though this move is set for June 2022, the federal government hopes to do this before June — in line with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).