As Nigeria still holds on to subsidy payment on petroleum products, neighbouring Ghana has removed its.
While the Buhari government has said that subsidy will be removed in June, President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has vowed to remove it, saying noting would stop him from doing so.
How these are carried out, however, remain to be seen.
But the Ghana National Petroleum Authority has announced removal of fuel subsidy in the country.
The removal of the subsidy is part of the country’s implemented regulatory measures to ensure stability across its downstream sector.
The Chief Executive Officer of NPA, Abdul Hamid, said this during a presentation at the ongoing Africa Refiners and Distributers week 2023, in Cape Town, South Africa.
As ‘The Punch’ reports, Hamid said the Ghanaian government, through the NPA, has also removed energy subsidies.
“We have removed subsidies and deregulated our markets. Industries were shutting down because the government was finding it hard to find the money to provide subsidies and to this day industry is being powered by investments in the private sector and there are no complaints of supply.
“We are ensuring affordability and security for the vulnerable consumers through the removal of energy subsidies,” he said while speaking on more reforms implemented in the NPA.
He disclosed the plans were implemented in response to the global oil and gas market volatility caused by the Russian-Ukraine war and energy transition-related policies.
“For the first time in 30 years, we have installed fuel caps as a measure to intervene and to control market instability,” he disclosed.
Hamid added that the NPA has also created a special fund to assist refineries in boosting their capacity to 50 barrels of oil in order to meet the country’s growing demand