President Jonathan, in a letter to the Senate, read by Senate President, David Mark, explained that after a forensic audit, Federal Government discovered that the provision for fuel subsidy in the 2012 budget was underestimated.
The letter read: “The distinguished Senate President will recall that as part of the 2012 budget framework, a provision of N888.1 billion was made for payment of fuel subsidy for the nation.
“I wish to intimate the distinguished Senate of the fact that following the forensic audit carried out, the provision for fuel subsidy in the 2012 budget was underestimated. As of now, the sum of N880,264,243,683:61 has been paid out, leaving a balance of N7,735,756,316. 39.
“In order to accommodate the outstanding arrears resulting from the forensic audit and remaining period of 2012, an additional N161,617, 364,911 over and above what was programmed in the 2012 framework is required.
“Given the need to maintain a steady flow of petroleum products, especially in the run up to the festive season, it is my hope that the distinguished senators will kindly accord this request their traditional expeditious consideration and approval.
“Accordingly, I hereby forward copies of the supplemental request for the additional payment of 2012.”