Following President Bola Tinubu’s policy announcement about the removal of subsidies during his inaugural speech on Monday, most filling stations nationwide have closed, while those selling has raised their rates.
However, the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Media Centre has in a tweet on its handle that the subsidy issue should not be tagged to the Tinubu administration, but the president was communicating what has already been instituted by the former President Buhari’s administration.
The tweet reads: The public is advised to note that President Bola Tinubu’s declaration that “subsidy is gone” is neither a new development nor an action of his new administration. He was merely communicating the status quo, considering that the previous administration’s budget for fuel subsidy was planned and approved to last for only the first half of the year.
Effectively, this means that by the end of June, the Federal Government will be without funds to continue the subsidy regime, translating to its termination. The panic-buying that has ensued as a result of the communication is needless; it will not take immediate effect.
Furthermore, President Tinubu was clear about his plans to re-channel the funds previously devoted to the payment of subsidies into better investments that will cushion the effects of the removal on the general public, especially the poor of the poor. This includes but is not limited to investments in public infrastructure, education, healthcare and jobs that will materially improve the lives of millions of Nigerians and increase their earning potential.
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