The Center for the Promotion of Private Enterprise (CPPE) has advised the Federal Government (FG) to expend the N4 trillion subsidy for petroleum on productive sectors.
Dr Muda Yusuf, Chief Executive Officer CPPE, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos Monday, said the amount if not properly channeled could be detrimental to the macroeconomic environment.
The House of Representatives has approved the payment of N4 trillion as subsidy for Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), known as petrol.
The resolution followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for revision of the 2022 Fiscal Framework at plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase.
The passage got the support of the Senate after the consideration of report of its Committee on Finance, headed by Senator Olamilekan Adeola.
According to Yusuf, allocating N4 trillion for petroleum subsidy payment alone may not be the best because it is being expended on consumables.
“The spending could lead to a spike in the nation’s inflation rate, which is on the rise at the moment.
“Then the country’s debt profile will begin to surge because the government has to borrow, which is detrimental to the economy,” Yusuf said.
He noted that the FG fiscal revenue position would continue to be challenged; so long it retains subsidy.
“Sustaining the petrol subsidy payment will definitely affect the ability of government to invest adequately in capital expenditure in the country.
“This includes fixing critical infrastructure and enhancing the business climate to enable investment to thrive,” Yusuf said.