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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL: A CANCER THAT MUST BE CUT OFF


The public perception is that the removal of fuel subsidy is injurious to the overall economy. The question is:
... Since the Obasasnjo era the federal government claimed it was paying for fuel subsidies, but the masses are not benefiting. Our roads are death traps; our hospitals are no better than mere consulting centres; our tertiary institutio...ns are epileptic; power supply is never satisfactory. Who then is enjoying the benefits of the subsidy regime? They are:
Retired military Generals who have oil blocks
Serving and former Governors who build jetties in Nigeria with the money they make from subsidy
Those who have the license to import petroleum products and divert same to neighbouring countries
Those who corruptly enriched themselves to build refineries abroad; and they create job opportunities for other countries to the detriment of Nigeria – and that is why the challenge of unemployment cannot be overcome
Sponsored oil bunkerers who destroy pipelines and scoop crude oil
Bureaucrats who take bribes to award oil lifting licenses and sabotage NNPC and turn around to engage in a smear campaign
Corrupt bureaucrats who stifle attempts at doing Turn Around Maintenance in our refineries
The ordinary Nigerian has not benefitted from the subsidy regime that has persisted for more than a decade.
IT IS PAINFUL LIKE CHILD BIRTH, BECAUSE BY THE END OF THE DAY, THE MOTHER WILL REJOICE THAT DELIVERY WAS PAINFUL BUT THE JOY OF HAVING A CHILD IS MORE THAN THE PAINS.
IT IS LIKE A CANCER WHICH MUST BE CUT OFF SO THAT THE PATIENT WILL LIVE, BECAUSE LEAVING THE CANCER WILL GUARANTEE LIFE ON THE SHORT-RUN AND THE PATIENT WILL SUDDENLY DIE.
THE QUESTION IS WHY NOT WE REMOVE SUBSIDY SO WE CAN FIX PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAN CONTINUE WITH THE SUBSIDY REGIME WITHOUT RESULTS?
REMEMBER THAT the Jonathan administration came up with the TRANSFORMATION AGENDA and we were all happy.
You cannot transform without pains
You can only transform a decaying system by doing away with old ways of doing things
You cannot change Nigeria by adopting an INCREMENTAL DECISION MAKING STYLE
You can only TRANSFORM BY STEPPING ON THE TOES OF THOSE WHO ARE KILLING THE SYSTEM
This is exactly what President Jonathan has done, and that is why he is worthy of our TRUST and SUPPORT. I will rather suffer than pass the suffering to my innocent children.
SUPPORT PRESIDENT JONATHAN TO TRANSFORM NIGERIA! SUPPORT THE REMOVAL OF SUBSIDY TODAY

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