Latest figures released by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, have shown that petrol subsidy gulped N101.65bn in the first three months of 2020.
In its just-released Monthly Financial and Operations March 2020 report, the national oil firm, however, described the subsidy spending as under-recovery.
It had consistently argued that only the National Assembly was empowered to approve subsidy, despite the fact that NNPC’s monthly under-recoveries were due to subsidy on petrol.
An analysis of the latest report on Sunday showed that NNPC spent N43.31bn as subsidy on petrol in January this year.
In February, it incurred N20.68bn as under-recovery, while in March the oil firm spent N37.66bn as subsidy.
Petrol subsidy was, however, halted in March 2020 by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency following the crash in global crude oil prices.
The crash in crude oil price, according to the PPPRA, gave rise to the end of the petrol subsidy, as the agency stated that the petrol price would be adjusted in accordance with global oil prices.
The PPPRA has adjusted petrol price about three times since after the first adjustment in March this year.
The NNPC report further stated that the corporation paid N434.25bn to the Federation Account Allocation Committee during the quarter under review.
It stated that in January, a total of N138.57bn was remitted to FAAC, while the committee received N148.53bn from the corporation in February 2020. The NNPC said it paid N147.15bn to FAAC in March this year.