By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Arewa Citizens Watch for Good Governance (ACWGG), has called on state governors and the Federal government to quickly roll out palliatives to cushion the dying hunger of the common man that could not go to farm following the activities of bandits and cannot afford high prices of food items in the markets.
The forum called on other Civil Society Organisations to commence mobilisation of members to protest against the artificially induced hunger and high-cost living in our country if nothing is done within 10 days from today (Monday).
Chairman of the forum, Alhaji Aliyu Sani, in a statement issued on Monday in Kaduna said that the group is saddened to express its deep concern of millions of voiceless Nigerians over the escalating energy prices in Nigeria and growing hunger in the country that has led to increasing cases of petty theft and high mortality in northern Nigeria and called for the immediate removal of the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari misleading President Tinubu into removing PMS subsidy without provision of palliative measures.
It called for a comprehensive investigation into the subsidy regime and the corruption allegations within the oil and gas sector, as evidenced by the suspicious drop in daily consumption of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and the astronomic rise in the general revenue of the country.
According to the statement, “The recent increase in NNPCL’s output, without corresponding investment in the Company, has instead exposed the pervasive corruption within the sector. We find it alarming that the Company was declaring paltry production volume, which falls short of our OPEC quota even though the country has not recorded any major disaster. The criminals in the Oil and Gas Sector are only responding to the body language of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed’s Zero Tolerance to bad governance, hence, the magical performance by people desperate to keep their offices. This raises serious doubts about the integrity and competence of the current leadership at NNPCL.”
It added, “As a nation blessed with abundant natural resources, it is only fair that the benefits of these resources are felt by all citizens, not just a select few. The mismanagement and corruption within the oil and gas sector have hindered economic growth and contributed to the financial burden faced by ordinary Nigerians. We expect the administration to go after those that have benefitted from the opaque Subsidy aspiration just as Nigerians are bearing with the hardship induced by the sudden removal of the subsidy. Our people cannot continue to die of hunger, while the people that put in the situation that warranted the removal of the subsidy continue to enjoy the privileges of their offices.”
It expressed disapproval of the reported plan to re-award the pipeline surveillance contract to Tompolo, a move that they consider detrimental to the capacity of the Armed Forces to curtail internal and external aggression, adding that it shows granting such a contract to individuals with questionable backgrounds raises serious concerns about the government’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and the fight against crime and urged the President to stop it forthwith and prioritize using the money for the contract to fund our Armed Forces to deal with oil thieves in the Niger Delta region.
The statement opined that stoppage of the contract would lead to the emergence of activities of militants, calling on the Nigerian Military to take swift and decisive action to crush any form of anarchy, while taking a firmly stand against the activities of militants that threaten national security and impede the progress of the great nation.