According to the federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, 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. Per 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.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.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.BusinessDay reports that 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per annum on the Unwithdrawn Financing Balance and a service charge of three-fourths of one per cent per annum on the withdrawn credit balance.

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