- The federal government has been advised by the US ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, to end subsidy regime
- Symington said subsidy cost every Nigerian citizen more than they worth
- The ambassador also asked the federal government to empower women in the country through education
Stuart Symington, a US ambassador to Nigeria, has asked the federal government to get rid of fuel subsidy in the country.
He made this known during an event to mark America’s 243rd independence, saying that subsidy costs Nigerians “more than they worth”, The Cable reports.
The US ambassador also added that Nigeria needs to empower the female population so the country can see its future well.
He said: “You don’t need anybody to tell you what to do. It is very simple. Number one, don’t look to government and get rid of gasoline subsidies. They cost every Nigerian citizen more than they worth.
“Number two, educate and empower every girl and every woman so that Nigeria sees her future with two eyes and can grab it with two arms and not one.”
Symington mentioned that the country needs to work more on electricity provision so that every home can pay for what is delivered to them.
The emissary also said that the US believes in Nigerian and said the country can always be counted in helping Nigeria in the promotion of peace and unity.
“A great asset of Nigeria is for all those who lead and all the subjects they represent, to come together to make this nation one nation bound in freedom with peace and unity and in this process, you can count on the US for we believe in your ideas and we profoundly believe in you,” he said.
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Ambassador Symington said that the Nigeria’s multi-ethnicity is an idea that the US also absolutely shares.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Wale Tinubu, managing director of Oando Plc, called for the removal of subsidy in the downstream sector.
Tinubu reportedly alleged that Nigerian politicians want the subsidy on crude oil products to continue at all cost.
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