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Rewane: Naira devaluation will push petrol subsidy to N7bn daily — from N5bn in June

In May had reported that the CBN adopted the importer and exporter window as the default reference exchange rate for official transactions.

Bismarck Rewane, managing director, Financial Derivatives Company (FDC) Limited, says the devaluation of the naira will push fuel subsidy to N7.1 billion per day.

In May, TheCable had reported that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) adopted the importer and exporter window (I&E) as the default reference exchange rate for official transactions.

The adoption, a move to unify the country’s forex (FX) rates, weakened the naira against the dollar by 8 percent to N410.25/$1.

Godwin Emefiele, governor of the CBN, had also dismissed insinuations about naira devaluation, saying Nigeria still operates a managed-float exchange regime.

Rewane, in an economic report released over the weekend, said that with the rise in local consumption of petrol, subsidy payment could rise.

He explained that with the rise in local consumption from 57.8 million in 2020 to 93 million litres – about 60.9 percent increase, subsidy payments could rise to N7.1 billion daily from N5.5 billion in June.

The report argued that this was due primarily to the rally in global oil prices, at $76 per barrel and currency adjustment of between N410 and N411 at the investors and exporters window (I&E rate) from the previous N379/$, leading to an increase in landing costs for imported refined products.

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