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Vol 52 No 23

Published 18th November 2011


Nigeria

Inflammatory subsidy

Jonathan says fuel subsidies will end on New Year’s Day but few people expect that he can pull off such a momentous change to Nigerian life

The federal government’s decision to remove fuel subsidies from 1 January 2012 is dividing the public and raising the spectre of unrest. The government insists that it cannot afford to continue spending billions of dollars a year on subsidising the price of imported petroleum products for domestic consumption and says the money would be better spent on infrastructure and development.

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