Nigeria was yet to benefit from increasing oil prices as a result of declining oil production and fuel subsidy,the World Bank has said.
It also said the country’s oil production declined in 2021 due to a lack of maintenance and the loss of infrastructure efficiency.
The bank disclosed these in a new report titled ‘Migration and Development Brief titled ‘A War in a Pandemic: Implications of the Ukraine crisis and COVID-19 on the global governance of migration and remittance flows.
It added:“Nigeria has not been able to benefit from higher oil prices to date as: oil production declined in 2021 due to lack of maintenance and loss of infrastructure efficiency; and domestic petrol prices remain fixed—increasing the cost of the ‘Premium Motor Spirit’ subsidy, a large and growing fiscal burden.”
The bank also disclosed in another report that within almost a decade, oil production declined by 40 per cent in Nigeria.
It added: “Nigeria’s oil production fell by nearly 40 per cent from 2012 to 2021. During this period, the flaring intensity barely changed.
“The volume of gas flared declined broadly in proportion to oil production, falling 25 per cent, from 9.6 bcm to 6.6 bcm. There were 166 individual flare sites in the last flare count, conducted in 2019″