Subsidy removal done in good faith – Ex lawmaker


By; Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna.
Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the Speaker House of Representative, Honourable Usman Shehu Bawa (ABG) said the subsidy removal by President Muhammadu Buhari was done in good faith and in the interest of the common man.
He explained that the President will never introduce any policy that will result in hardship for the common man who he knew came out en masse to support him in the last presidential election.
Usman Shehu ABG who was also a former House of Representatives Member disclosed this while addressing his teaming supporters in Kaduna.
He explained further that the subsidy removal will address the problem of fuel scarcity in the country.
“We believe that the President knew what he was doing by removing the subsidy. The removal is the solution to the fuel scarcity in the country because only few cabals benefit from the subsidy not the common man.
“We are appealing to our fellow countrymen and women to rally behind the President’s decision and continue to pray for him to succeed. We are confident of the President, we know he has the common man at heart and will never take any decision that will not favour the country and its people.
“He is a man of integrity, honesty and principles. We trust him and believed in him. This is what Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) must understand before asking people to join them in a nationwide strike, this mean they are doing so for their own selfish gain and not for the benefit of Nigerian people.
“Those who wants subsidy to remain should be asked if Nigerians are really benefiting from the so called subsidy.  We all know why we are still importing refined oil in this country; it is because of mismanagement, corruption, lack of maintenance culture and above all bad Leadership,” he said.
“When people ask President Buhari to subsidize fuel, I ask them to define it. Who is subsidizing who? Let me make it clear, those people supporting subsidy are not being fair to the country.

“The  announcement of premium motor spirit (PMS) Price by the government is not to fix price but to control price of petrol not to sell more than N145 per liter and this mean that a marketer can sell at any lower than this if it pleases him or her.
“Deregulation is the best answer to the lingering crisis in petroleum industry and this will break the monopoly of importation within a particular group of oil cabals,” he said.


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