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The socio-economics of the 2023 fuel subsidy removal in Nigeria

Olaniyi Evans, Isaac Nwaogwugwu, Olusegun Vincent, Olawale Wale-Awe, Ekundayo Mesagan and Taiwo Ojapinwa

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: The removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria in 2023 has triggered a profound shift with far-reaching implications across economic, social, and environmental spheres. This study probes into the complex web of consequences arising from this drastic policy transformation, examining both the direct and indirect effects on the Nigerian society and economy. While the reallocation of resources from subsidies to vital sectors like healthcare, transport and education holds positive transformative potentials, ensuring effective utilization and equitable distribution of these funds warrants meticulous consideration. Achieving tangible improvements in essential services without unintentional negative consequences emerges as a central challenge. Drawing from historical precedents of subsidy removal attempts in Nigeria, the study underscores the importance of managing public sentiment and stakeholder reactions. The complexity arising from the interplay of economic, political, environmental, and societal factors necessitates a holistic approach. The study highlights the significance of informed decision-making to mitigate negative short-term impacts, harness long-term gains, and safeguard the vulnerable segments of the population. Policymakers must adopt a holistic approach that balances economic efficiency, social welfare, environmental sustainability, and inclusive growth. By addressing these multidimensional implications and drawing insights from both domestic and international experiences, Nigeria can navigate the complexities of subsidy removal effectively and work towards a prosperous and egalitarian society.

Keywords: Fuel subsidy removal; socio-economic implications (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q4 Q41 Q42 Q43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023-08-22
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