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Aliyu, Wakili Urge In-coming Govt To Remove Fuel Subsidy

Posted: May 27, 2015 at 5:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie (Minna) and Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu, Bauchi

The out-going Governor of Niger state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu on Tuesday said that the solution to the frequent fuel crises facing Nigeria is for the Federal Government to remove subsidy from petroleumproducts.

Similarly, the senator-elect representing Bauchi South, Malam Ali  Wakili, also expressed support for the removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria.  The Senator-elect while speaking at the Correspondent chapel Forum in Bauchi, on Tuesday, said the poor masses were not benefitting from the huge sum of money used to subsidise the product.

Governor Aliyu at the inauguration of a 3-Star hotel jointly constructed by the Niger State Development Company (NSDC) limited and the state SURE-P said that the possibility that energy crisis as

experienced in the past few days will continue to rear its ugly head in Nigeria.

Calling on the in-coming General Muhammadu Buhari administration to consider fuel subsidy removal in the interest of the generality of Nigerians, Aliyu said removal of fuel subsidy will also ensure that

the activities of mafias in the oil business are stopped while also guaranteeing regular supply of the product across the country.

“Unless fuel subsidy is removed and we go back to the real market we will continue to have the type of problem facing the country at the moment”, Aliyu said as he expressed regrets that his earlier call for the removal was misunderstood and misinterpreted.

“When I initially called for the removal of fuel subsidy I was misunderstood and some people were imported from other states to come and burn down Minna, is it not an irony that we sell crude oil and we end up buying refined petroleum from the international market?, he argued.

He also suggested the regionalization of the distribution of power according to regional needs instead of making all parts of the country to be on the national grid, saying it was also ironical that states that had the resources to construct Power plants are being asked to plough the energy generated to the National grid from where they eventually got less than the mega watts they have generated to be shared across their state.