Group Advises FG Against Subsidy Removal

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A group under the aegis of ‘G11’ in Kano State has advised the Federal Government not to remove fuel subsidy because the policy is inimical to social and economic development of the country.

The Chairman of the Group, Alhaji Abdurrahman Baffa-Yola gave the advice while addressing a news conference in Kano.

He said the advice became necessary in view of the current economic hardship being experienced by the Nigerian masses.

“The issue of fuel deregulation is not new to Nigerians but with all the 33 incidents of fuel price increases from Gowon to Yar’adua-led administrations, it has only increased the level of poverty and sufferings of Nigerians.”

Baffa-Yola suggested that instead of removing the fuel subsidy, the Federal Government should focus on youth unemployment and other security challenges facing the country.

“In the interest of peace, the government should forget about removing the subsidy and focus on how to tackle other challenges facing the country,” he stressed.

The chairman however, called on the State and National Assemblies to conduct a public hearing on the issue in order to get peoples’ reaction.

According to him, the group is ready to go into coalition with NLC and all other NGOs to challenge the proposed plan.