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National Development: Nigerians Must Make Sacrifice Over Subsidy Removal- Alonge

By Dupson Collins, 16th June 2023

Barrister Felix Kolawole Alonge, the Senior Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Social Investment Programme has tasked Nigerians to be ready to sacrifice over the removal of fuel Subsidy, saying President Tinubu bold step is sincere and tailor toward a better Nigeria.

Speaking with the PATH in his office at Alagbaka, Akure, the SSA said the removal of the subsidy mark the beginning of full deregulation of the oil sector.

President Tinubu in his inaugural address announced total removal of subsidy saying it is no longer sustainable as it was not budgeted for in the 2023 appropriation bill.

Alonge said for Nigeria to be great again, individuals must make a sacrifice, ready to bear the pains and optimistic for a better nation under the leadership of President Tinubu who is well prepared for governance.

He commended the President for the courageous steps, noting that successive administrations have attempted to dare the consequences without success.

His words,”Ex President Jonathan announced the removal but the organized labour resisted; also former President Buhari failed to implement the removal even at the tail end of his administration, he couldn’t announced it despite not making provision for it the 2023 budget but President Tinubu took the bull by the horns by announcing it total removal”.

The SSA added that the steps taken by the president became necessary as a result of few cabals in the oil sector who are feeding fat on the money budgeted on subsidy who eventually transported the petroleum to neighbouring countries.

He asked Nigerians to be patient as the money on subsidy would be channeled to education, health, agriculture, infrastructure which will help to cushion the effect on the masses.

Meanwhile, Alonge called for total overhauling of the security architecture to give room for vibrant Young officers who will help to checkmate the activities of insurgent and bandits across the country.

He charged the president to appoint competent hands into his cabinet, while saying Ondo State deserves Federal Minister to be appointed into sensitive ministry considering the highest votes gotten from the state in South West.

He commended the Lawmakers in both the Red and Green Chambers for electing the anointed candidates of the party and president Tinubu as the Principal Officers of the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, Alonge tasked Nigerians to continue to pray for the president, saying President Tinubu can’t lose focus despite battling with litigation at the Presidential Election Tribunal.

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