…as President Tinubu directs NEC to start working on palliatives to mitigate the impacts of subsidy
Oil marketers who paid courtesy visit to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday have promised to donate 100 mass transit buses that will run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to the government as part of the palliatives to mitigate the effects of the removal of fuel subsidy. The cost of the buses is put at N10 billion.
This is just as President Tinubu himself, has directed the National Economic Council (NEC) led by Vice President Kashim Shettima to device an approach and begin the process of working on interventions to mitigate the impact of subsidy removal on the Nigerians.
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State who led a group of marketers on a courtesy visit to the President disclosed this after their meeting at the villa on Wednesday
According to Governor Abiodun: “The group of marketers subsequently announced their intention to donate to 50 to 100, fifty-seater mass transit buses that would run on CNG, costing a N100m each and N10bn cumulatively, to cushion the effects of the removal within the next 30 days.”
He stated that he hopes other bodies can emulate what the marketers have done.
The governor who was a former chairman of one of the oil marketers association, while addressing the press stated that the marketers expressed solidarity with the President for removing the N4trn subsidy burden, a move that can enhance the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocation to states.
The President’s parley with the oil marketers comes amid the controversy and protests trailing the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit known as petrol.
The President during his inaugural speech on May 29 at the Eagle Square in Abuja had announced the removal of subsidy payment on petrol. The President said that the immediate past administration of Muhammadu Buhari did not make provisions for subsidy in the 2023 budget beyond June.
Many Nigerians had expected that the new price regime would come into effect by July 1 but almost immediately after the presidential pronouncement, queues resurfaced at filling stations across the country even as retail outlets hoard the product and increase prices.
Already, a litre of petrol is being sold at over N500 across the country following NNPC price adjustment and the presidential pronouncement on subsidy removal.
Fuel queues have since surged for the vital commodity, compounding the traffic situation in parts of the country, even as transportation cost skyrocket to more than 100% increment.
The Organised Labour had resolved to embark on a nationwide strike beginning Wednesday but was restrained by a court order of Monday, June 5, 2023. The Organised Labour subsequently shelved its planned strike after a meeting with the Federal Government late Monday.