PDP Leader Cautions Jonathan Against Fuel Subsidy Removal

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan should look critically into how to rescue the economy instead of taking decisions such as the planned removal of fuel subsidy which would further impoverish Nigerians.

A founding member of the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olayinka Amos, who gave the advice contended that the removal of the subsidy would further increase poverty rate in the country.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos yesterday, Amos said Nigerians remained skeptical about removal of subsidy “because for over 17 times now, past administrations have removed fuel subsidy at one time or the other, but at the end of the day, there is nothing to show for it.”

He noted that the issue of fuel subsidy removal has never translated into building of refineries or development of basic infrastructure that could ordinarily add value to the lives of Nigerians.

“The President should concentrate on policies that would result in the reduction in the cost of living of average Nigerians,”Amos said, adding that there was no reason Nigeria should be importing fuel because it is blessed with crude oil.

Amos who said “Nigerians demand to know how the previous fuel subsidy removed was used instead of another move to remove fuel subsidy” also cautioned the President on the planned Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF).

“There is need to concentrate on immediate need and aspirations of Nigerians. There are many challenges of poor infrastructure, poor standard of education and health care system, among others, that the citizens are looking up to Jonathan to address, after collectively giving him their votes in April. Until these are addressed, people would continue to remain skeptical,” the PDP leader said.

He called on the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency make moves towards reforming the local government system in the country, citing the crisis surrounding the recent local council polls in Lagos State.

He traced the crisis to “faulty system,” noting that “until the system is completely overhauled, council elections would always be dominated by ruling party in any state. As it were under the current system, the councils are more or less extension of the state government.”

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By Tunde Akinola 

Source: The Guardian

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