Some Nigerians living in the U.S. have applauded the reduction in the pump price of fuel to N97 as announced by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Nigerians in Diaspora who spoke with the North America Correspondent’s also commended the organised labour for suspending the nationwide strike in the interest of the country.
Secretary, PDP-USA chapter, Mr Adanna Okoro commended the reduction, saying, “It shows that the President is actually working for the people.
“But certainly, the removal of subsidy is what Nigeria needs so that we can move forward. Nigeria will survive it, as we have survived every other thing happening in the country.
“There has to come a time when leaders have to take unpopular decisions because they are there not to be our friend; they are there to act strictly in the interest of the country as well as the interest of the people.
“But the country must survive; it is not about today, it is about tomorrow,’’ the PDP leader stressed.
Mr Samuel Adewusi, President, Washington DC chapter of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), said, “I think the government should be commended for getting back to N97 per litre and the Labour also should be commended for suspending the strike.’’
He advised government to cut down its expenses by 50 per cent and minimise all benefits to lawmakers as a way of demonstrating prudence in the management of the country’s resources, saying as soon as they start this, Nigerians will begin to take them seriously.
The National President of Imo State Congress of America, Mr Felix Nnaji, commended the President’s decision to peg the pump price of petrol at N97 per litre.
“The President has the will which past leaders in the country never had because they themselves were corrupt. The President has seen the need for a change before taking a decision on the removal of fuel subsidy.
“I never knew anything about subsidy until now. So if government officials have done enough, the situation would have been different,’’ Nnaji emphasised.
Also, Mr Buffer Eyo, National President of Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria (AKISAN) USA, described the reduction in the pump price of petrol to N97 as a ‘‘good’’’ decision.
Eyo urged the Federal Government to put in place a price control mechanism to check unnecessarily increase in price, since according to him, some people will capitalise on the situation and retain the high price.