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Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by dre11(m): 10:45pm On Mar 17
…Ministries of Finance, Petroleum, CBN to brief chamber

The Senate Tuesday said it is considering the removal of fuel subsidy and the devaluation of the Naira as part of measures to stem the looming economic devastation caused by the spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19) on the country’s economy.

Apart from devaluation of the Naira and removal of fuel subsidy, the upper chamber noted that the review of the Appropriation Act 2020 as passed by the National Assembly is inevitable.

The modalities to be adopted in the review of the budget, it said, must be as suggested by the legislative and the executive arm of government.

The position of the Senate is contained in the interim report of the Senate Joint Committee on Finance, Appropriations, National Planning, and Petroleum Resources (Upstream) which was set up last week to liaise with relevant agencies of the Federal Government to proffer a way forward for the country following the ravaging effects of COVID-19 on world economy.

The Joint Committee was tasked with the “need to assess, examine and suggest to the Senate the urgent steps to be taken on the economic situation of the sharp drop in oil prices and other economic issues caused by the outbreak of the deadly Corona virus (COVID-19) and the uproar between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia.”

Chairman of the Joint Committee, Senator Solomon Adeola, in the report, said that the committee during its inaugural meeting with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, considered a wide range of issues.

Adeola, who represents Lagos West Senatorial District, said the issues bordered on the current economic realities in the country which includes:

“The current Appropriation Act 2020 passed by the National Assembly; cost of production of a barrel of crude oil compared with the other counterparts in the petroleum producing countries.

“The reality of the current situation of the government in terms of number of agencies and parastatals of the government putting into perspective the Oronsanye panel report.

“The need to prioritise both the social and the real sector of the economy looking at their importance to the overall benefit of Nigeria.

“Loss of revenue as a result of gas flaring which runs into several billions of dollars.

“Devaluation of Naira; removal of oil subsidy and other sundry issues.”

The Senate adopted the interim recommendations of the committee which among others mandated the Senate joint committee to continue to engage the executive arm of government to keep the Senate abreast of the current ongoing in the economic front.

Other recommendations included: “That the review of the Appropriation Act 2020 as passed by the National Assembly is inevitable, but the modalities to be adopted in the review of the budget must be as suggested by the legislative and the executive arm of government.

“That the revenue generating agencies must be alive to their responsibility in line with the Fiscal Responsibility Act passed by the National Assembly and other relevant laws of the National Assembly.”

Adeola said that the joint committee looked at the issues discussed from two angles, that is, the short and long term solutions.

According to him, “The short term solution is to address the sharp drop in the crude oil price which is creating difficulties in funding the 2020 Appropriation Act as passed by the National Assembly.

“The long term solution discussed is the need to consider and pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which is yet to be laid before the National Assembly.

“This will address the issue of cost of production and gas flaring where the country’s resources are going down the drain and other issues that might affect the petroleum sector.”

He noted that as part of the fact finding mission of the joint committee, it sought and received different views from experts in finance and economy on the state of the economy which included:

“Devaluation of the Naira: while the Federal Government has come out to tell Nigerians that devaluation of Naira is not on its agenda… experts believe will be over as soon as a solution is found to COVID -19 and the price war between OPEC members, Saudi Arabia and Russia, is over.

“Also experts believe that fund from internal loans and bonds sourced from the Capital Market should be mobilized to fund infrastructural development, a model exemplified by India with population of 1.1 billion people, as this will be much cheaper for us as a Nation.

“Allowing funds taken out of the country to be returned back into the economy without destroying the anti-corruption war of the president by providing legal instrument to ensure the return of this funds.

“Experts believe it is time Nigerian should start to look beyond oil as a major source of revenue to the government and ensuring proper diversification of the economy.

“Experts noted that our shallow policy in agriculture is responsible for our dependency on oil as our major source of income.

“The government should show more commitment in returning the country as a major leader in agricultural produce both within and outside the African continent.”

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, noted in his comments that the country is really in a very challenging period.

He insisted that the country should, more than ever before, begin to look inward to ward off threatening economic crisis.

Lawan said: I think we are in a very challenging period but every challenge normally presents some opportunities. I think like Senator Odebiyi asserted that we should take our opportunities.

“The PIB we had expected by now would have been in the National Assembly but it is not. We had thought we would be able to pass the PIB within this year so that we are able to make our petroleum industry to have the legal framework that investors would find attractive to be here. But we are still expecting that the executive would work faster and harder to present the PIB to the National Assembly in the shortest possible time.

“But before then, now that we know that it is difficult or even impossible to get the foreign loans that we had built our hopes and implementation of our capital budgets on, I think we have to be very ingenious as a country.

“We have to look inwards. The Central Bank of Nigeria has come up with some measures that are intended to support the economy.

“I think it requires a holistic approach, both fiscal as well as monetary policies and if need be we pass a speedy legislation to create an environment where our economy does not collapse; that our economy is sustained with internal resources.

“But we have to be very careful. If we have to now borrow as a government from the domestic available resources, we should be very careful that we do not crowd out the private sector from getting required loans.

“So it is going to be walking a tight rope. But we need to have a plan in which both the executive and the legislature come together.

“We need to listen to them really. I would probably suggest that going forward, in the next one or two weeks that the entire Senate to have a briefing from the Ministries of Finance, Petroleum and the Central Bank so that we are abreast with what is going on and then we can make our suggestions.

“But meanwhile, our joint committee continues to engage them but this is a very tough time and it is a time that we should not suffer only but we should also benefit from this tough time.

“We need to understand what the CBN is talking about. I saw about seven or eight measures that the CBN has come up with to support local investments.

We need to engage them and find out whether that is good enough or we can do better because the truth is, every country now will be trying to stay alive. So probably there may not be anything to spare for any other country and if we are not ingenious enough, I think we will be in a deeper trouble.

“But Nigeria is a very resilient country so we should come together with the executive arm of government and work out a way out of this mess and probably come up with more serious agenda for diversification.

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by DonFreshmoney(m): 10:48pm On Mar 17
It has begun. Naira would soon be devalued to N1000 to a dollar. Nigeria is a big mess..

Our people never suffer finish.

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by Blakjewelry(m): 10:50pm On Mar 17
I don't know what is stopping these guys implementing the cbn revaluation of the Nigeria

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by GamalNasser: 10:50pm On Mar 17
Which subsidy ? I thought the lying Major General said he was under recovering ...But with price of crude oil below 30 dollars per barrel what subsidy are we talking about ? They should just say the want to increase fuel price so they can have what to loot as usual , all other countries are mooting fuel price reduction and satanic APC is talking of removing subsidy , at 30 dollars per barrel there can be no subsidy in effect , what difference are they subsidizing at 30 dollars per barrel ...when Buhari can he claimed he had removed subsidy completely and took fuel price to 147 per litre till today he cannot show what he did with money he gained before he now claimed he was paying under recovery because crude had gone to 70 dollars per barrel and now it below 30 dollars the wicked man is still claiming he is paying subsidy !!!! Paying subsidy on what ?

In 6 years the failed man has not fixed a single refinery , has not improved electricity , has not stabilized the naira and now he wants to add a new fuel tax under the guise of removing a non existent subsidy ..there can be no subsidy at 30 dollar per barrel!!!!!

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by GOFRONT(m): 10:53pm On Mar 17
Since the coming of Covid19, I have not heard from MANNABBQGRILL and Darling Daddy..

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by Nbote(m): 11:00pm On Mar 17
Dey have found an excuse to remove d subsidy and increase pump price

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by johnmartus(m): 11:04pm On Mar 17
The so called minister of finance that have no experience in financial sector was given this sensitive position.

I'm here watching I will see what she will offer. I pray $1= 3000.

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by NdiaraIGBO: 11:34pm On Mar 17
Blacks don't want to produce anything but love to consume every rubbish!

Una go suffer tired!!!

190m fools.

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by Awol1(m): 11:39pm On Mar 17
Does Buhari know what subsidy is now?

Or is the vegetable still leaving in self delusion?

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by Officialgarri: 11:51pm On Mar 17
Awol1:
Does Buhari know what subsidy is now?

Or is the vegetable still leaving in self delusion?
Baba, try to be smart when making comments. And stop forcing your name on us by posting your picture on every comment you make. Your comments, rather than prove you to be intelligent, only shows you are here for the "likes". You are not smart enough to be known.


Back to the topic:

While I'll ignore the removal of subsidy for now, I believe Devaluation of Naira would have been the best option in this period we are. We can't keep defending the Naira with the reserve only.

However, for how long shall we continue to devalue?

It's always like Nigeria devalues and then sits back and let it slide.
It should not be so!
This is the time where the Minster of Science and Tech. (Who has been promising us production of pencils, go to space and so many unfound promises) Minister of solid minerals, and Minister for Agriculture — should be summoned and given a strict deadline to up their games.

We need to export so badly and bring down importation to the least possible

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by Awol1(m): 11:55pm On Mar 17
Officialgarri:

Baba, try to be smart when making comments. And stop forcing your name on us by posting your picture on every comment you make. Your comments, rather than prove you to be intelligent, only shows you are here for the "likes". You are not smart enough to be known

Swerve

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by NdiaraIGBO: 12:10am On Mar 18
Awol1:


Swerve

Too many idiots on nairaland!

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by NdiaraIGBO: 12:10am On Mar 18
ScammerLeo:
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Another empty head

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by Maxymilliano(m): 12:37am On Mar 18
When crude oil crash: Prepare for tough times - FG.

When the price of crude oil was good, did the government advised us to prepare for good times ?

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by aribs(m): 5:19am On Mar 18
Can this subsidy be removed already?
Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by kayusely70(m): 5:29am On Mar 18
The cost of governance is too much. We should reduce it.

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by YorubaKinging: 10:48am On Mar 18
Remove the subsidy already
But I know something
When God wants to punish a nation,
He will give them into the hand of useless and wicked leaders

And also when it's time to bless his people, He will raise someone like his heart to lead his people

Very soon, you'll see your king who will lead you forever

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by wonuks(m): 10:48am On Mar 18
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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by Humphrizy(m): 10:49am On Mar 18
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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by virginboy1(m): 10:49am On Mar 18
On the contrary, if our Politicians gets sick, where do they go for Medical Check up now? undecided

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by Mosthandsomeboy(m): 10:50am On Mar 18
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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by MorataFC: 10:50am On Mar 18
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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by yrex01(m): 10:50am On Mar 18
Adaran
Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by quaintbloke(m): 10:50am On Mar 18
My own is just that Boris Johnson and his Chancellor should give themselves brain like D.Trump and send my money to my accant.
Tax break and mortgage break doesnt cut it for me.
All this talk of stimulus package is not stimulating anything abeg angry

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by mvem(m): 10:50am On Mar 18
Nbote:
Dey have found an excuse to remove d subsidy and increase pump price
I think pump price will reduce
Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by Lovelies1: 10:50am On Mar 18
Just

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by OakConsultNG: 10:50am On Mar 18
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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by Perfecttouchade: 10:51am On Mar 18
Ok, I pray something positive is done to make Nigerians enjoy the country..but wait Why is it that people fight here on Nairaland on every thread? cheesy

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Re: Senate Mulls Naira Devaluation, Subsidy Removal Over COVID-19 by BruncleZuma: 10:51am On Mar 18
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