Anambra Monarch Frowns at FG’s Haste in Implementation of Fuel Subsidy Removal Policy

By Michael Nnebife

The  Deputy  Chairman, Traditional  Rulers  Council, Anambra State, Igwe  Sunday  Okafor of Okpuno in Awka South Local Government Area of the state, has frowned at what he describes as the  unplanned  approach  adopted  by the Federal  Government  in the implementation of the fuel subsidy removal policy, describing the approach as less than deserved.

The Okpuno monarch was  speaking in  his palace, while  receiving in audience, the State Director, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Awka, Sir  Joseph Uchendu,  and  his  management team,  who  paid  him  an advocacy visit in connection with the implementation of the fuel subsidy removal policy.

The  monarch who  observed  that  the pronouncement by the Federal Government that the subsidy had been removed  had  hiked  transport  fares across the country, said the government should  have  constituted  a joint  committee, comprising the officers of the Nigeria Labour  Congress, Trade  Union Congress, representatives of the government and  other  critical  stakeholders in the petroleum  industry in the  country, with a view to  coming up with effective palliative measures for Nigerians before  rushing into implementing the policy.

Igwe Okafor appealed to Nigerians to remain calm, saying  that  since  they survived  the dreaded  COVID -19 pandemic, they  would  also  survive  the  pensive  effects  of the  subsidy removal.

He described the condition Nigerians faced now as very unfortunate and painful, adding that it  needed urgent intervention by the government at all levels to avoid further escalation.

He stated that the cost of living in Nigeria currently is very unbearable, hence what he described as the vicious hardship in the country. He called on the Federal Government to work towards revamping the nation’s abandoned oil refineries, as well as quickly coming up with measures that would put to a permanent stop, hardship in Nigeria.

The highly respected royal father also wondered why the Federal Government would consider increasing the salaries of elected political officers and appointees in the country, while most Nigerians, especially civil servants and the rural populace could not boast of a three-square meal, describing such as inhuman and ungodly.

Earlier, the NOA State Director, Sir Uchendu, thanked the traditional ruler and his cabinet chiefs for what he described as the honour accorded him and his team and pleaded with him and other traditional rulers in the state to prevail on their subjects to always lend support to government development programmes, especially the current fuel subsidy removal.

While pleading with Nigerians to exercise patience with the government, the NOA State Director reiterated that the essence of the fuel subsidy removal policy implementation in ‘this perilous time’ was to fortify the nation’s failing economy and as well save the country from further borrowing.