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Mr. Ogodo Ali Nomeh, the Chairman of the Ebonyi State chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), has advised Nigerians to exercise patience with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, especially considering the removal of fuel subsidy in the country.
Considering challenges faced by Nigerians as a direct consequence of fuel subsidy removal, which has led to serious impacts on transportation expenses and, in turn, affecting the prices of goods and services, he urged Nigerians to keep up with their understanding and provide Tinubu with the necessary time to fix the economy.
He mentioned that the administration led by Tinubu is preparing to release its planned palliatives, aimed at alleviating the effects of the fuel subsidy removal and supporting the citizens of the country.
Ogodo-Ali disclosed this to the press a few hours before the scheduled courtesy visit of the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 9, AIG Echeng Echeng.
Ogodo-Ali, the chairman of Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, also voiced his dissatisfaction with the unwarranted fuel price hike initiated by petroleum dealers in the nation.
According to him: ‘The truth is that there is no construction without destruction, as some people are already feeling the pains, but I believe that with time, things will normalize. Fuel subsidy is what has been holding Nigeria at ransom. It’s good that it has been removed.’
‘We need to study it and see how the economy of the country will move in the next six months. This will actually help us to take a position on whether the fuel subsidy removal is good or bad. There must be inflation following the removal of the subsidy. There must be a way to cushion the effect on the people.’
‘In every change, some people will cry, while others will smile. And this is one of the changes we expected because change is inevitable. The majority of people in the country are suffering as a result of the subsidy removal, but we believe that with patience, we are going to overcome it and laugh at the end,’ he stated.
He stressed that such an escalation in prices would weigh heavily on the citizens, further straining the already struggling economy in the country.