South Sudan has removed fuel subsidies in a move many government officials attributed to scarcity of hard currencies,The Sudan Tribune reports.
The news site reports it was a directive from the president’s office.
It quoted a senior official at the government-run national oil company Nilepet, who asked to remain anonymous.
They said that there was “no money in the treasury”:
“You know the level the current situation has reached. It is pathetic. The civil servants have gone for close to a year now without being paid because there is actually no money in the treasury. Whatever that comes from non-oil and oil revenues goes to security and peace mobilisation efforts.”
The Deputy Finance minister Mou Ambrose Thiik told the Reuters news agency in September that ending the fuel subsidies would free up desperately needed cash.
The country has not paid its civil servants for months and its embassies are facing closure for unpaid rents, Reuters reported.