FG to Pay $23.3 Million Consultancy Fee on $800 Million World Bank Loan For Subsidy Relief

Nigerian government will spend over $23 million on consultancy fees from the $800 million loan from the World Bank 

The loan guarantees social safety for vulnerable Nigerians as it prepares for petrol subsidy removal. Part of the consultancy fee would be spent on sundry things like goods, works, among others 

 Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, disclosed that the Nigerian government will spend about $53 million hiring consultancy firms out of the $800 million loan secured from the World Bank to cushion the effect of petrol subsidy removal on Nigerians. 

From the financing agreement document between the Nigerian government and the International Development Association of the World Bank, the incoming administration will begin repaying the $800 million loan approved by the World Bank as a subsidy palliative. 

 The fund is meant to provide a soft landing for Nigerians. An analysis of the fund indicates that Nigeria is expected to spend $23.3 million on consultancy charges for the project to extend the coverage of shock-responsive safety net support among the poor and vulnerable Nigerians and strengthen the country’s national safety net delivery system until June 2024. 

 A breakdown of the $23.3 million consultancy fee indicates expenses of $10.74 million for goods, works, non-consulting services, and operating costs for the scheme. Also, the Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office and other projects will benefit from the $23.3 million. In comparison, $12.58 million will go for goods, works, non-consulting services, and operating costs for the National Cash Transfer Office. Consultants better suited to handle the job ChapelHill Denham, a leading independent investment management, banking, and securities trading firm, said that it is essential to engage the services of an independent consulting firm for the scheme as national bodies such as the Ministry of Finance are not trained to perform the duties of a consultant. 

 CBN’s new announcement drives BVN database to 57 million, as more Nigerians.  Findings show that the loan is concessional financing, meaning below-the-market-rate finance provided by major financial institutions, such as development banks and multilateral funds, to developing countries for developmental purposes. 

 The loan attracts a maximum commitment charge rate of one and a half per cent per annum on the Unwithdrawn Financing Balance and a service charge of three-fourths of one per cent per annum on the withdrawn credit balance. CBN asks FG to use eNaira to transfer N368.8 billion to Nigerians

 Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria had pitched the eNaira to the federal government as the best alternative for sharing $800 million, about N368.8 billion, in its National Social Safety Net Programme Scale Up

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