Friday, 16 November 2012

We Must Remove Fuel Subsidy Totally – Jonathan

Is President Goodluck Jonathan looking for the trouble of Nigerians, again? He has launched a fresh campaign to totally remove the controversial subsidy on fuel, barely a year after a similar campaign and forceful removal of subsidy almost brought the country to a standstill.

Jonathan said only the total removal of subsidy on petroleum products would attract investors to the oil sector and put an end to the importation of petroleum products as it is currently being done.

About this time last year, the President, in his budget estimates submitted to the Senate, proposed total removal of subsidy on petroleum products and in spite of public protests removed subsidy on January 1, 2012.

The President’s action was greeted by spontaneous protests among the citizens. A mass action coordinated by civil society groups paralysed activities in the country for about two weeks until the government backpedaled and announced a partial removal.

Jonathan started the fresh campaign to totally remove subsidy on Thursday while receiving the report of the graduating participants of the Senior Executive Course 34, 2012, of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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