We Back President Tinubu,  NNPCL On Fuel Subsidy Removal  –  CGGED



Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Development (CGGED) has said that as a group of concerned Nigerians   fuel subsidy should removed to allow the market forces of demand and supply to determine pump price of petroleum henceforth.

This was contained in a statement signed by the National Coordinator,

Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Development, Comrade Usman Abdulkadir, made available to our correspondent.

“Our decision to support the removal of fuel subsidy is because, we discovered from our findings  that advantages of removing the fuel subsidy far outweighs the disadvantages business and economic development .

“We have also discovered that failure on side of previous administration to take decisive steps to stop importation of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and outright removal of subsidy is highly responsible for recurring scarcity and fuel queues at our filling stations across the country,” the group said.

They  stated categorically that with dwindling economy and paucity of funds to run government, Nigeria cannot afford to continue to pay 1.2 trillion Naira monthly as fuel subsidy,  arguing that opening the market and removal of subsidy will help save money that would be used for sustainable development and quality service delivery.

“It is on this note that we are backing the pronouncement made by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) on the removal of fuel subsidy.

“It is no longer news that Nigerians woke up watch and listen to  shocking pronouncement by the President, in his inaugural address on Monday May 29, 2023 ,where he openly declared an end to the era of subsidy payment, saying the 2023 budget made no provision for fuel subsidy, so further payment was no longer justifiable.

“If there is provisions made for fuel subsidy in the budget , how do we expect the current administration to pay for what is not appropriated for ? Any attempt to pay for subsidy now, will surely amount to breach law. Moreso, that government can’t withdraw money illegally to pay subsidy,” they pointed out.

They said that they understand why the management of Engineer Mele Kyari led NNPCL during  an emergency press conference held  at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, told Nigerians that the move was in the best interest of the company.

“The Chief Executive Officer of the NNPCL revealed that the company has been spending a substantial amount of its profits in the subsidy of the product

“It is against this background that we insist on removal of subsidy and the money used to pay subsidy in the past be used for development of agricultural and industrial Sectors.

“We strongly believe that doing so will  lead to high production of food and raw materials for industries as well as employment generation,” they submitted.


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