- Nigerians have been advised to be in tandem with the policy direction of the federal government in respect of the issue of fuel subsidy removal
- The advice was given by 100 community-based organisations, and Grassroots-oriented institutions working in the civil society space
- The groups stated that with the underlying reasons given for subsidy removal by the government, the policy will ensure the delivery of democratic dividends to Nigerians
FCT, Abuja - The forum of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria made up of over 100 community-based organisations, and grassroots-oriented institutions on Thursday, December 2 rose up from an extraordinary meeting and backed the federal government's plan for fuel subsidy removal.
The inclusive leadership meeting, after painstaking and intellectually stimulating deliberations, resolved to comprehensively and compositely support the Buhari administration on the move, adding that the policy will take Nigeria to the realm of fulfilled potentialities.
A communique was released after the meeting signed by Comrade Friday Maduka, chairman, Forum of Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria.
Part of the communique released and seen by Legit.ng read:
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“The forum resolved to stretch its imagination and engage in an expansive public enlightenment and conscientization campaign which essentially mainstream everyone in the Nigerian political spectrum.
“This includes the organised private sector, captains of industry, the clergy, academia, community and ethnoreligious interfaith organisations, the political class, the traditional leadership institution, professional groups, etc
“The forum of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria is persuaded that all Nigerians should take the well-informed and well-advised position to be in tandem with the policy direction of the Buhari administration in respect of the issue of petroleum fuel subsidy removal.
“After deconstructing and desegregating the entire gamut of the operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), the forum decided to congratulate the well-nuanced moves by the workaholic Group Managing Director (GMD) of the establishment Mele Kolo Kyari.
“The forum is of the well-informed view that the federal government should as a matter of urgent necessity consider situating and commending the extraordinarily gifted gentleman for his illustrious service rendered to the government and people in consonance with best practices.
“The forum resolved in the light of the forgone to embark on an aggressive enlightenment and sensitisation campaign on a pan Nigerian basis in order to clear all the dusty cobwebs which hitherto prevented all cross-sectoral formations of the Nigerian people from seeing issues plain.”
The CSOs said the methodology of the enlightenment campaign will entail road work, pamphleteering, leafleteering, and sloganeering in all the megacities, state capitals, and local government capitals nationwide.
NNPC contracts Innoson to provide buses for Nigerians
Meanwhile, the NNPC has contracted Innoson Vehicle Motors (IVM) to produce Condensed Natural Gas (CNG) city buses to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal next year.
The chairman of Innoson Group, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, revealed this to journalists recently in Nnewi, Anambra state.
The Nigerian government had unveiled plans to sponsor the conversion of one million cars to run on gas with Kyari announcing in December 2020 that the ministry of petroleum will provide the structure for the free conversion services to enable automobiles to switch from fuel to gas.
Kyari says subsidy regime will be over by 2022
Legit.ng had earlier quoted Kyari saying Nigeria should be out of subsidy regime by the end of February 2022.
The NNPC boss said there will be no provision for subsidy legally, adding that it is now backed by law.
He, however, stated that the Nigerian government has a bigger social responsibility to cater to the ordinary and will ensure that the subsidy regime is exited in the most subtle and easy manner.