Group urges President Buhari to remove petroleum subsidy, hails Kyari
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Group urges President Buhari to remove petroleum subsidy, hails Kyari

- A forum of civil societies organization in Nigeria is pushing for the removal of petroleum subsidy

- The forum, however, extolled the leadership virtues of NNPC boss, Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari

- The group called on the entirety of the management and staff of the NNPC to key into Kyari's agenda

A forum of civil societies organization in Nigeria under the aegies of Pan Nigeria Forum has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the removal of petroleum subsidy.

The forum which comprises of 120 community based associations, community based organizations, grassroots oriented institutions, students and pro-advocacy groups, stated that the move would ensure functional refineries in the country.

After meeting in Abuja recently, the forum extolled the leadership showcased by the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari.

“Worthy of the greatest salutations, commendation and adulation is Mallam Kyari’s declaration in his inaugural address of the composite plan in respect of the re-invigoration and re-vitalization of the NNPC,” the forum said in a communique signed by its chairman, Comrade Friday Maduka.

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The forum hailed Kyari, “for his unassuming, sublime and profound dedication to the execution of his mandate in general and specifically to issues which border on transparency, accountability, best governance and administrative best practice.”

While calling on the entirety of the management and staff of the NNPC to key into Kyari's agenda, the forum pledged to “sustain the aggressive enlightenment and sensitization campaign across the social strata of Nigerian society on the new dynamic and team spirit at work in the NNPC.”

The forum then pledged his total unalloyed loyalty to the Buhari administration, stating that the government is “determined to take Nigeria into the light.”

Recall that the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) recently revealed that N28.58 trillion was remitted to the federation account between 2012 and 2016, from mineral revenues, non-mineral revenues and Value Added Tax (VAT).

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NEITI disclosed this on its latest Fiscal Allocation and Statutory Disbursement (FASD) Audit report for the period 2012-2016, released in Abuja, on Sunday, September 22.

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