The government’s argument is that if we do not stop funding fuel subsidy, the economy will crash and we all will go down with it. But are there no other places to reduce spending to save money?
• David Mark earns N600 million annually, enough money to set up at least, 100
schools in his Benue State
• President Jonathan and his friends will eat N1 billion worth of food in 2012,
while fuelling their cars for N1.7 billion. This amount will build at least, 50 good
health care centres in the South-South
• N200 million was budgeted to water the gardens of the President in 2011. This is
enough to educate 200 Nigerians through university education
This is more than a quest for economic rights, it a quest for justice. This is not
about fuel subsidy, it is about the ruling class’ war on the Nigerian masses. They
cannot claim our country is broke when president Goodluck Jonathan continues
to feed fat on N3 million worth of food everyday.
They cannot claim to be broke when they increased the recurrent expenditure of the 2012 budget by another N92billion. They cannot claim to be broke when the First Lady just spent N5billion furnishing an office. They cannot claim to be broke when in the whole budget is about their salaries and allowances.
Government seeks to impoverish us the more by removing fuel subsidy while they continue to waste money on their friends and families!
Like i have indicated on various platforms online, no one is against the removal of subsidy especially when they understand the idea. It is not about subsidy removal. This is about governance. It is basically distrust in the ability of the government based on their records and methodology so far.
There isn’t any trust in the morality,sincerity or methodology of the government and it isn’t unfounded also. So far, the most unfortunate news from the president who couldn’t wear shoes to school now will spend almost N1 billion just to eat in Aso rock.
ITS IS BASICALLY WRONG TIMING, WRONG PROCESS, WRONG COMPETENCY & WRONG MOTIVATION…plz stop asking followers to go where you have not gone as a leader. Starve yourselves as government and the people will get on the streets and compel themselves to stick with government policies.
Oby Ezkwesili shared a few thoughts PublicPolicy101
“Analytical evidence shows that economies that respect citizens’ SPACE and VOICE to contest Policy grow better and faster.”
“In 1946, philanthropist Joseph N. Pew Jr. said, “Tell the truth and trust the people.”
“History shows that it becomes a slippery slope when nations try to shrink the Public Space for Citizens’ Voice. Avoid it!”
“Social Accountability now the core of Good Governance means that engaging with Citizens as EQUAL PARTNERS is their RIGHT and not a PRIVILEGE”
Also as Japheth J Omojuwa ‘When d voice of a people ceases to matter 2d govt., the legitimacy of d govt. ceases to matter to the people’
There are a lot of angles to see this from, look below and compare these costs in different nations compared to Nigeria.
|Fuel Price Per Litre in NAIRA||Minimum Wage in NAIRA|
Now, Mr. President, if you want Nigerians to buy fuel in accordance with d international market price, then, pay Nigerians in accordance with the international Minimum Wage!
WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACHIEVE?
Government must procure public trust; the people must matter in major proportions in the scheme of things. Who really can trust a government that deceives its people? Setting up town hall meetings under the pretext that it is still discussing with its people giving them the impression that subsidy removal will commence on April 1 (coincidentally April fools day); yet we wake up on January 1st.
Who can trust a government that lies?
The demand is short and simple:
Return fuel subsidy until our refineries are either fixed or new ones built! My mentor Salim Malami asked me to google ‘How To Build A Refinery?’ Apparently, a refinery takes between 24-36months to build from concept to completion. This is a fact. Jamnagar Refinery located in India is the biggest refinery in the world and it took 36months to build.
The question we should be asking is why isn’t our government trying to refine its crude oil? We also want the cabal found and prosecuted, the billions retrieved, and we demand transparency instead of secrecy in the oil industry.