Rewane supports fuel subsidy removal, currency devaluation



RENOWNED economist and chief executive officer of Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Bismarck Rewane, has supported calls for the removal of controversial fuel subsidy in Nigeria, describing it as a criminal enterprise that has crippled the nation’s economy.

Delivering the post yearly general meeting of International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria (ICCN) with the topic: “ Nigeria Economic and Business outlook in Lagos, said a lot of money has been wasted in the enterprise without proportional effect on majority of Nigerians.

According to him, the ‘removal of the subsidy is key towards the nation’s economic recovery and greatness’.

In calling for the subsidy removal, he noted that organized labour should be consulted with a view to providing palliatives to its immediate impact on workers.

The renowned banker, who regretted lack of accurate population figure in  the nation, despite the importance of  population to economic planning also called for revaluation of Naira on the basis of productivity,  saying  the current efforts at trying to stabilise the Naira  may worsen the situation since  the productivity of the country determines the value of its currency.

He noted  that the nation’s currency is not properly valued in accordance with its prevailing productivity  value, since Nigeria’s productivity value is now between  2.5  and 3 dollars  per hour far, which is  below productivity values of  most developing countries of the world.

Rewane  further called for tackling of corruption, diversification of the nation’s economy, plugging leakages in government,  adoption of an efficient exchange rate mechanism, rehabilitation of  pipelines and depots, as well as simple tax system in order to  put the  nation’s economy on the path of recovery.

Austerity, he said is not the solution to the nation’s economic challenges but efficient saving.

Also the chairman of ICCN, Mr. Babatunde Savage want the government  of President Mohammadu Buhari to put more emphasis on the quality of productivity  in the country,   since  it has great impact on the value of the currency.

According to him despite the economic and political uncertainties in the country, Nigeria’s outlook is brightened by the large and varied opportunities in different sectors of the economy.

“Over the past decade, Nigeria had unleashed huge growth potentials through the liberalization of its telecommunications sector, which saw the sector grow from less than half a million telephone lines in 2001 to over 130 million in 2014.

“It is expected that similar liberalization of the generation and distribution segments of the electric power sector will also trigger a new wave of growth in the near future, especially in the transmission segment.

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  • emmanuel kalu

    there is a growing call to remove this subsidy and deregulate the market. all this business leaders giving lip service to the subject, need to organize and show a major desire to end this madness. we need a deregulated market, that encourages production not consumption.