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“Fuel Subsidy is a Government, Not a Personal Decision” – Official Statement from the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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The #OccupyNigeria movement rages on and the Nigerian workers are set to begin strike action on Monday 9th January 2012.
The #OccupyNigeria movement is driven by Nigerians who are fed up with government policies which do not favour the Nigerian masses. This includes the recent removal of the fuel subsidy which has let to a 100% increase in the pump price of petrol.
So far, there have been protests all around the country including commercial capital – Lagos and Federal Capital Territory – Abuja.
The country’s labour unions have agreed to go on strike. The strike action begins on Monday 9th January 2012.

The President of the Federal Republic – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy – Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Petroleum Resources – Diezani Alison-Madueke and the Governor of the Central Bank – Sanusi Lamido Sanusi have been accused of championing the removal of the fuel subsidy.

Due to her absence at the Federal Executive Council meeting earlier this week, rumours that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had resigned from her position began to circulate.

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy has released a statement refuting rumours and outlining her position on the matter.

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It has come to our notice that a well coordinated campaign of calumny against the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, founded on outright lies and despicable distortions is being executed by cowardly persons hiding behind the ongoing controversy over the government’s decision to deregulate the petroleum sector.

For obvious reasons, the faceless campaigners have elected to tell their lies online because the normal journalistic principles of facts and balanced reporting are generally absent there.

For instance, we have received numerous enquiries regarding an alleged threat by the Coordinating Minister to resign if the government goes back on its decision to end the fuel subsidies. The threat was supposedly made during the emergency Federal Executive Council meeting which held yesterday.

This speculation, like numerous others is absolutely false. DR OKONJO-IWEALA WAS NOT AT THE MEETING BECAUSE SHE WAS OUT OF THE COUNTRY WHEN IT WAS GOING ON. In other words, they are saying that she made a threat at a meeting that she did not attend. She made no such threat physically or through any other means. She had no reason to.

The agenda behind the alleged threat and similar stories is obvious: to inspire public hatred and odium against her person by manipulating public opinion so that she is seen as the sole person pushing for the removal of subsidies.

Their calculation is that Nigerians are so angry and so gullible that they will believe anything if the lies are supported with manufactured “facts”. But we believe that fair minded Nigerians are not fools.

It is clear that governments and certainly the Jonathan administration do not work in the manner that the peddlers of falsehood are saying. It is not only naive but also highly disrespectful to the President and the government as a whole to suggest that the entire decision making machinery of government is the sole preserve of any official.

We urge the media and the Nigerian public to ignore the antics of people who obviously believe that Nigerians are fools.

For the avoidance of doubt, Dr Okonjo-Iweala supports the decision on fuel subsidy removal because she believes that ending the subsidies will drastically reduce corruption in the downstream sector.

Deregulation will also help to end the waivers enjoyed by powerful cabals at the expense of the Nigerian people. In addition, the vast majority of Nigerians will also gain as the proceeds will be redirected into safety nets, other identifiable social interventions as well as provision of sorely needed infrastructure projects nationwide.

Thank you.

Paul C Nwabuikwu
Senior Special Assistant to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Minister of Finance
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57 Comments

  1. chai

    January 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Ha! Are u for real?? I mean really???

  2. JJ

    January 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Bella Naija standards seems to be gradually eroding. It would have been nice to explain the context behnd this “press release” . What are the rumours that she is refuting? How is it relevant to the #occupynigeria campaign movement?

    • BellaNaija.com

      January 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. We have updated the post with more information regarding the movement and rumours.
      We continue to work hard to improve our standards and your constructive feedback plays a vital role.

    • JJ

      January 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you!

  3. Chuba

    January 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Was she at her “actual” office with the IMF?

  4. me

    January 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Well, all said and done…..my opinion and that of others (i believe) is that we Nigerians are skeptical that with this development, Nigeria will become as expensive as some developed countries … but with no light … and why make such huge percentage increase at one go? worst part is the money may never be utilised well, may just go to pockets of politicians as has been.
    Why can’t they look for other means to make money for the country like developing exportation?? Majority of our people back in Nigeria are painstakingly living below the poverty line already. It’s very easy to make quick decisions if you’re not directly at the recieving end of the punches *smh… 🙁

    • DEliezer

      January 8, 2012 at 4:07 am

      Point of correction – I travelled to Lagos in February 2011 and I can tell you categorically that the daily cost of living back then was way more expensive! So I can imagine what that will look like now after the fuel subsidy removal.
      Cost of good education is also a killer. I’d rather spend that kind of money where at least I know the degree will be recognised anywhere else.

  5. AhmedBatali

    January 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Ha! Ha!! Ha!!! Which is which? what is what? Nigerians are like ball to our current leaders.

  6. kokoqueen

    January 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Deregulation, Deregulation, Deregulation….how can this woman shoot herself in the foot after denying she is not solely responsible; i think IMF has decided to use her as their tool of mass destruction…This same deregulation that made us to devalue our Naira in 1986 courtesy IMF…..Madam are you listening to yourself speak….till date nigeria is still suffering from the devaluation of the Naira…Naija make we shine our eyes..We have to fight till finish…

    • fueltub

      January 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      YES WE WILL FIGHT! WE STILL SUFFER FROM THE SILLY DECISION TO DEVALUE NAIRA. EVEN IF FUEL SUBSIDY IS REMOVED WHY MOVE UP FUEL PRICE FROM 65 TO 140. NIGERIANS CAN NOT KEEP SUFFERING IN SILENCE. THIS IS NOT FAIR. IT IS THE MASES SUFFERING THIS THING. IT IS NOT FAIR. GOD HELP THIS COUNTRY

    • fola

      January 7, 2012 at 1:34 am

      i so agree with u ma.thumbs up on this post

  7. Tracey

    January 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Poverty no be crime, onlv in Nigeria will a poor man have his breathe sqeezed with no mercy! Out here in the developed world, it’s not very easy to tell who is rich and who is the poor because the government have put measures in place to ensure atleast a nearness to equality for all. Our leaders who we have chosen to serve us continously use our brains to better themselves. People are also sufferingwith poverty in Nigeria. what measure have been put in place to alleviate their pain? absolutely none!! God of the suffering poor masses will avenge with justice very soon!

  8. Touchedbyanangel

    January 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    “Their calculation is that Nigerians are so angry and so gullible that they will believe anything if the lies are supported with manufactured “facts”.
    That was really harsh. some Nigerians are gullible not Nigerians i beg ur pardon.
    This is getting messier!

  9. aaabella!

    January 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    may God do unto you as you Bella has done unto Nigeria. AMEN.

  10. Stel

    January 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Bella, i didn’t expect less. U have not said much about this whole thing and when u do u, its to “clear” Ngozi’s name?! Beginning to believe what people are saying about u o. O di egwu!

    Why isnt she addressing the fact that the government has been telling media outlets to desist from talking about the fuel sub issue? That my friend is why blogs are the go tos….blogs like Linda Ikeji and Sahara…they give u straight cheese, no cheddar!

  11. Chizoba

    January 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Iweala, sanusi, alison n ur boss jonathan, i think u should be very cereful before God will decide on u. Listen to d cry of d poor masses, d avarege nigerians, tink of how this situation is going to affect us not u bcos even if a litre is N5000 u people can aford it, wat about those that cant afford it even at N30? If realy u ple hv a good plans for us, y not make provision for d vital things ur people need so that no one will complain rather u acted wit ur own power. There r many isues to tacle, but no.

  12. rosemary

    January 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    why are the politicians and leaders treating us this way.mr presedent we never bagin for this. Our leaders God is not asleep remember how Abacha died. Someday you will go and leave all the wealth

  13. me alone

    January 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    haaa!!! u think nigerians are fools? when OBJ was in power even with the fuel subsidy he was able to save more in the treasury. but u guys administration Finished everything and now decided to force the masses in paying for ur lavishness. haba God will surely destroy u all including ur generations as u decide to destroy the life of the masses

  14. Low

    January 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Iweala is a patent liar, and it’s so sad to see one of our most promising and educated let us down. I have no confidence in Jonathan’s sham of a government, and I certainly have no interest in Iweala’s lies. History will reward her for being complicit in this unprecedented fraud. Under her leadership, subsidies in Angola were gradually phased out and removed as infrastructure became more and more robust. How can she, in good conscience, allow GEJ to implement the removal so shoddily without recourse to the necessary quarters? By being quiet at this critical time in Nigeria’s turning point, she has sided with Nigeria’s oppressors and it’s going to take more than a defensive, juvenile press release to clear this from our collective memory. May God forgive her.

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  16. Renny

    January 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Dis leaders want change, y can’t dey start 4rtm demslvs. Cut down ur allowances, stupiy exhorbitant. 2 fink dt u chng ur furniture evri yr, wow!! 293m 4 president’s kitchen..wen e is spps 2 b fastin 4 nig..mtcheww.. Long term advantage.. Lets c abt dat

  17. sunshine

    January 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Yes Honourable Minister, the #OccupyNigeria Movement is ALL about you…What a load of rubbish, Its because of out of touch with reality statements like the above that people are on the streets in the first place, when you fly in someone that spent the better part of her life in a country where the quality of life is what some Nigerians will only experience if we make it to Heaven after Judgement Day, why wont it be ok for us to become Macro and Micro-Economic Statistics? She talks about corruption in the Downstream Sector, how about curbing corruption that starts right under her nose? How about removing the ‘Subsidy’ that Nigerians have spent thier lives paying to keep our politicians and Government Officials fat and happy through our Annual Budgets? These people come in waving fancy degrees and speaking Queen’s English yet the quality of life of the average Nigerian keeps going from bad to worse. Enough is seriously enough people, if we dont say that now, our children will…

    • battousai

      January 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      nothing you have said sunshine sounds like a lie,i hope the minister takes time out to listen to her speech and read the comments that follow.

  18. petrina

    January 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    This madam and her small red lipstick. How can we trust these leaders now when everything they do is for their own benefit.
    Abeg Bella Post this one! Thank you.

  19. Olivia

    January 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    @ Renny, thanx alot jare. Why cxan’t they focus first on cutting the huge leaks in government? $290+ million for presidential kitchen, stupid allowances for ministers and senators etc Mr President and his kitchen cabinet…sacrifice first and show sincerely to be running a LEAN govt, uses the monies saved from the excesses to fix just ONE sector-maybe roads or healthcare etc and then maybe, just maybe the “gullible’ and ‘angry’ Nigerians will support your deregulation program. How did we end up with such people as leaders???? Totally disconnected from the average man on the streets and soooo focused on stroking their already over inflated ego, greed, corrupt acquisition and ostentacious display of wealth???? Yes, time to Occupy Nigeria and speak truth to power!!!

  20. ugowoundo

    January 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Give them a chance please…..U don”t know the amount of corruption that has eaten deep into our society…..this country will get messed up real soon,and the measures being taken currently is necessary……BUT I TOTALLY AGREE-the lawmakers and high goverment officials should have their income slashed as much as possible to make us believe the imperative of this action

  21. chinny

    January 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Thank u BN, I, personally is not against this fuel subsidy, but the problem here is that we don’t have light, and most organisations depends on this fuel for their works e.g in a country like Togo they don’t have fuel but there is 24hrs light, B4 such tin should be done they should put certain tins in place,and to say the truth that subsidy is nonesense bcos our greedy politicians will pocket, if they didn’t remove this subsidy, I don’t think nigeria will have peace this 2012, can now count the number of cars on the road, EGWU DI KWA.

  22. Summer

    January 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Please Mr. President tell Nigerians who these Cabals are!!!!. You people can not keep hiding under REAL or IMAGINED boogeymen called cabals. Who are they?

  23. Uchechi

    January 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Wow, her assistant made mention of “powerful cabals” who enjoy at the expense of the masses. In other words, she knows them, Bella abeg ask him to shed light on that and disclose biko. However, I’m happy that Nigerians can be united for this cause…well done!

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  25. NNENNE

    January 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Everyone keep crying for the poor masses but why is it that Nigerians do not pay their taxes, especially those who are self employed? Those who pay, don’t even pay as they earn. In the developed world majority of the money used for public assistance of the poor,come from taxes.
    To move forward, the masses need to do their civic duties and the leaders need to manage well. Both the leaders and the led need to shun GREED. Both groups are guilty of greed.

    • Gbeborun

      January 7, 2012 at 2:39 am

      As regards taxes, if govt put proper structure towards taxation, people will definitely pay their taxes and that includes the market women, do we have a proper database for Nigerians?………… NO. Nigerians will pay tax if they know the funds will be well utilised to provide necessary amenities.

    • Yoyo

      January 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      #GBAM

  26. Temiloluwa

    January 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Lord help us!

  27. Onyx

    January 7, 2012 at 12:24 am

    It’s the horribly inflated job titles of our government officials that really slays me … and in real terms, they mean absolutely nothing. What does a “Senior Special Assistant to the Coordinating Minister/Minister for Finance” do to earn that title?

    Why do we have to pay all these salaries, allowances etc to our so-called government officials, when no one does any actual work? Why can’t the much touted funds for infrastructure come from cutting back on the excess spent on public officers??

    Nigeria makes me feel so sick.

    • mee

      January 7, 2012 at 2:14 am

      what do you mean by “have to pay all these salaries” ? Is the money coming from your pocket? Have Nigerians ever paid any taxes to the government? The western world heavily tax their citizens that is why they are well-equipped with all the resources & ammenities they have !!!

    • Onyx

      January 8, 2012 at 1:02 am

      Dude, they’re public servants. Emphasis on “public”. If the public funds don’t cover it, where in the heck do you think the money comes from to pay your President and working downwards along the chain of command?

      And if you want to know whether Nigerians pay tax, why don’t you just take a look at payslips of people who work for MNCs or IOCs? They don’t escape tax, so just because you do, it doesn’t mean that Nigeria is a taxless society…

    • Tracey

      January 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Mee or what ever fake name you give yourself, you’re silly!! the developed countries tax us yes, but we can clearly see vividly what our monies are spent on. there is huge sense of accountability and justice. There are measures to alleviate the pain on the poor or low income earners. talk about one pound shops or one dollar shops ?? do we have such shops in Nigeria?? What ever you can buy at Waitrose or Asda or Tesco can be found in one pound shop. I’ve got loads to say but here’s a few

    • Tiki

      January 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      I have seen your comments on #fuelsubsidy relatd posts, and I’m beginning to suspect you are a yamhead who is full of opinions but has no facts to back them up. Taxation of a people begins with a structure. If there is no structure for payment of taxes, the taxes will not get paid. Once there is a system, however corrupt, the revenue will still come in. Don’t blame the masses, blame the legislators. And before you ask, I do this for a living.

    • Gidi

      January 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Please ask them what a Senior Special Assistant does that differs from the Special Assistant?

    • petrina

      January 9, 2012 at 3:34 am

      The former is the boss while the latter is the helper/ sidekick a.k.a b**ch. Nigerian leaders and their numerous assigned titles with no responsibility. The only responsibility attached to their positions is to chop money dey go.

  28. Shannon

    January 7, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Real Change Agents, GEJ, Dr.Okonjo-Iweala, Sanusi!!!! I dont understnad why Nigerians are fighting for this welfare that has oppressed them for years….Learn what the occupy movement means before you use it…Nigerians are using incorrectly…Occupy is against the richest 1 % in the US…Nigerian are protesting that the govt continue to give the richest 1% money that they dont even earn….Wake the up pple!!! Real pple do real things

    • Gbeborun

      January 7, 2012 at 2:41 am

      Its not just about subsidy removal, what people want is a government that is prudent and not wasteful, a government that actually cares about the common man, you are probably rich that’s why you can call the agents of change, tell that to the person that can’t afford their kids school fees, medical fees etc.

  29. blogtroll

    January 7, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Unless the minimum wage is increased to at least 120000 without furthet devaluing the Naira then this idea and the people behind it have to die a sudden death. Nigerians must fight to the end………………….

  30. Shannon

    January 7, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Gbeborun.. i agree with everything you are saying except for the statement”Its not just about subsidy removal” uhh yes it is..thats all evrybody is protesting about, not about corruption, not about BH,, not about epillitic light, they are protesting about a welfare subsidy… If these issue were the core of the protest about I would be aboard but their not…Really is .40 cents worth the future of Nigeria..So u are telling me if they put the subsidy back pple can now afford school fees, medical fees?! If anything protest for the implementation of fuel savings subsidy…stop giving Nigeria money to a select few….Wake up!

  31. faith

    January 7, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I blame all of U̶̲̥̅̊ dat voted GEJ…dat was were U̶̲̥̅̊ got it wrong…thank God I voted Buhari!

    • Yoyo

      January 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      This is all you have to say? Quite shallow

  32. kiki

    January 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Even if the subsidy is being removed cos of the corruptions of the cabals, the fact that the Government have never done anything that has benefited us Nigerians with the money they already have, how in the hell do they expect me to believe that the subsidy money will be put into good use? when you misused the other funds and shared it amongst yourselves is it this subsidy money that you will use well? Well one day y’all making us suffer will pay very dearly.

  33. Gidi

    January 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I see no reason to believe that 2015 will be any different,if we make it that far.
    We as a people chose this mess often referred to as fresh air.
    I have said it before and i say it again, this govt does not have the moral right to even consider removal of fuel subsidy.
    the cost of governanace and legislative looting rampant in govt is enough to sink any nation.
    If there is a cabal looting from fuel subsidy, go after it,address the cost of governance, then come talk about removal of fuel subsidy and some of us will even campaign for it.
    until that is done, all these spread sheets Okonjo Iweala and Sanusi are displaying on Power point slides are dead on arrival.
    the issue is not economic,it is a moral question.
    A govt that spends 75 million extending 3 gates at the villa and spends 7 + 9 billion naira for the VP residence lacks the moral authority to discuss removal of fuel subsidy.
    besides if fuel subsidy is being looted,why not investigate and arrest the cabal stealing from it?
    until these are addressed, this fuel subsidy debate is ungodly and dead on arrival.

  34. moses

    January 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    @mee and @nnenne….its lk u ppl hv no brain…whr is d infrastructure in ds country 1st of all b4 u strt to impose tax on d ppl…even if we pay tax,with d rate of corruptn in ds country it wnt be of good use…please let’s talk with brains here abeg….enuff is enuff…Nigerians are not given up on ds fght….

    • Onyx

      January 8, 2012 at 1:13 am

      Thank you.

      And what people don’t seem to understand is that Nigerians are taxed in many other forms that aren’t always clearly labelled by the moniker of “taxation”. For instance, in the purchase of real estate and if you choose to do things by the book, you’re looking at paying stamp duty. That’s tax, people, and the Ministry of Lands and Housing should account for the stamp duty they pick up all year round but no need to guess whether that money ever makes it to their final accounts… and this is just one example.

      IF A MAN FAILS TO SHOW DILIGENCE IN LITTLE, WILL HE SUDDENLY BECOME DILIGENT WITH INCOME TAX? Me thinks not.

  35. Olanna

    January 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    If BN wants to be neutral in this issue then please don’t post anything about the issue. What about the protests? What about the Presidency blocking the media from reporting about it? To the person who asks why people are complaining about .45 cents which makes me think you live in the States. That .45 cents means a lot when the minimum wage is $112 a month. In the States, people protested even though they have good roads, free education, security, etc. A govt that tells people to sacrifice but does not sacrifice itself is a bad government. How many Special Advisers, Special Assistants etc until you have a Special Adviser on entertainment.

    Like I said BN if you want to discuss this be balanced and report both sides of the story.

  36. Gibson

    January 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I begin 2 wonder d type of country we are where price of product never reduce but alwayz increase,instead of govt 2 tackle d problem of BOKO HARAM they are removing fuel subsidy cos the masses are not smlling.

  37. zico

    January 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

    yes, nobody can ride on our feelings!

  38. ladyluck

    January 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    i can’t get over the silliness of some you here. this website where you all coverge to yap people who don’t wear designer clothes and repeat their shoes is suddenly trying to feign a social conscience. give me a break! from your first lady to you nameless, faceless brood of shallow vipers, all you wannabes are suffering from a crazy form of stockholm syndrome where you aspire to be just like those who rape your country and flaunt their ill-gotten wealth in your face. rather than condemn it, you can’t wait to emulate them, praising people who would rather invest in their wardrobe than in charity, women who sleep with the men in so-called cabals to baff up for your slavish approval. yet you’re here saying enough is enough. those who don’t know what a special assistant is should join the civil service and find out. every organisation, private or public, has a hierachy. even in the investment banks you’re all dying to work for there are ranks and seniority so stop pouring contempt on our civil servants who are serving their country. aren’t you the same ones who praised funke fowler’s wedding, funded by tax naira of lagosians. please, shut up!

  39. D.Faleye

    January 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Presently, it’s unfortunate that the country has to go through this phase before positive changes can be made. It’s imperative that we outline the real issues to be addressed, and we address them critically and judiciously.
    Firstly, I believe the deregulation to the downstream sector is a good decision by the government, albeit ill-timed. The positive ripple effect of this action by the government cannot be over-emphasised if executed judiciously and transparently (revamping of old refineries & building of new ones, opening the market to investment & letting the petrol price be determined by market forces e.t.c ).
    Having said that, I want to believe some party with contrary opinion would argue that the people of Nigeria shouldn’t suffer for the carelessness of the government (past & present) by being denied the subsidy on petrol but the truth still prevails that the former way subsidy was applied to this commodity cannot be sustained if we need to move the economy forward. So what’s the way forward?
    I’d recommend government revert to 65 Naira to cool the present tension in the country. Secondly, quality communication, consultations & dialogue be carried out to sell the idea to the people, who are going to directly feel the impact. Let all parties communicate effectively & see reason (which the government should have done initially before any further action, the government failed to communicate “effectively”). Also, I want to point out that since the subsidy would be removed from petrol then it should be removed in it’s entirety. Not diverted as subsidies to other part of the sector as purported by the SURE programme. If we were borrowing to finance the petrol subsidy, thereby acquiring debt, why continue borrowing to incur more debt as subsidies to be applied to the other sectors? What happened to the budget allocations & appropriation for these projects. We should be looking towards erasing the deficits than incurring debt. Let’s not be deceived.
    It should also be stressed that government should reduce it’s wastefulness (particularly at the centre). The reduction of the basic salaries of these executives by 25% is a welcome development, but more can be done. Let’s look into the budget allocations. We all know what is being spent by even the Presidency as feeding allowance. We all know what these people take home as allowances & salaries at the end of the month compared to their counterparts abroad. It’s just too questionable! We should leave no stone unturned in trying to cut cost. The honest common man on the street,trying to earnestly fend for himself should find some consolation that as he’s letting go of some incentive (subsidy) the people at the helms of affairs are also doing same. The wastefulness is just too flagrantly displayed in our faces, and this is alarmingly disappointing.
    Furthermore, we cannot move ahead positively without being able to hold our government accountable at any given time or place. This is where we need the FOI bill enforced in it’s entirety. We should be able to hold our government accountable at any given time or place with the government obliged to giving credible answers transparently. We need to fight corruption, we need the government to make us trust the system (these cannot be over-emphasised).
    All these being said, I want to add that we shouldn’t relent in the struggle for good governance, but constructively criticising and evaluating what should be addressed.
    Thanks.

  40. Oghenekevwe

    January 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Before I thought Dr Ngozi O. I. knows better, fuel subsidy removal shouldn’t have take places on New Year Day which was on Sunday where d childrens of God are gathe & d Fed Govt can delivered at a twinkle of an eyes, she’s talking aboutthe Bible, Eph 4:25 when what they all did was wrong in the presence of GOD. Dr Dora Akuyuli will not be in support of all this nonsen.

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