Once again, as shown by this report on Punch, Nigerians have been unbelievably deceived by President Goodluck Jonathan and his crew. When will we learn never to trust these people? Didn’t we all know SURE was a big lie?
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment programme promised by his administration was no longer realistic. (more…)
Someone has collated the most commonly asked questions in the recently concluded fuel subsidy probe by the House of Representatives and the answers different government officials gave to each question. The answers are so dissimilar it leaves you wondering if these officials worked for the same government.
In view of the increase in the price of petrol by the Federal Government and the consequential rise in the cost of living, it has become necessary for my Administration to take some crucial measures to cushion the effect on the people of Edo State.
Having followed the debate on the issue of subsidy removal, it is clear to me that the major problem is that the public does not trust that the proceeds will be utilized judiciously.
However, I assure you that in Edo State, this will not be the case. We are determined to ensure that the pains arising from the partial removal of subsidy translate to concrete gains for the generality of our people.
I am convinced that the process of rebuilding this trust between the government and the governed requires that we take concrete, visible and measurable steps aimed at creatively using the accruing revenue to deliver the greatest good to the greatest number of our people in the shortest possible time. (more…)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author, most recently, of “The Thing Around Your Neck,” a collection of short stories
ON New Year’s Day, in my ancestral hometown of Abba in Anambra State in eastern Nigeria, my family and I woke up to unbelievable news: the price of petrol had doubled. Overnight, the government had removed what it called the subsidy on fuel, and almost immediately, transport fares exploded and food prices rose astronomically. It used to cost 4,000 naira — about $25 — to fill my petrol tank. Then it cost 10,000 naira. When I stopped to buy okpa, a steam-cooked bean dish, from a street hawker, she said it was no longer 50 naira; it was now 100.
More details are emerging about how the Goodluck Jonathan Presidency misled international figures and experts into endorsing its now controversial removal of subsidy on petrol which initially saw the price per liter rising to N141 with the resulting labour strike and street protests.