Some Nigerians in Enugu have called on President Bola Tinubu led administration to urgently provide palliatives to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
They made the call in Enugu on Tuesday while reacting to the President Tinubu’s nationwide broadcast to the people.
While affirming their support for removal of fuel subsidy, the Enugu residents said government at the Federal and state levels were not doing enough to alleviate the sufferings of the people occasioned by the policy.
Analyzing the president’s speech, Mr Tony Odukwe, a development expert, said the president spoke very well but added that he should back his plans with action.
According to him, President Tinubu should use the N1 trillion he saved from the subsidy removal to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians by providing the necessary palliatives he mentioned in his address like provision of buses.
Odukwe urged the president to ensure that the farmers grants got to genuine farmers and advocated that produce for exports should be processed before exporting in order to create jobs and wealth.
Other residents, Mr Emma Ejim and Comrade Cyprian Okeke, who also called for immediate provisions of palliatives, said that the distributions should be monitored to avoid diversions.
”It’s more than two months since the fuel subsidy was removed and nothing has been done . People are hungry and suffering because of consequences of the removal,”.
They stressed the need to use part of the money saved to revive refineries in the country rather than refining crude outside the country.
A Journalist, Mr Kenneth Oforma, said that the speech did not give a time line for most of his palliative measures.
“All the plans for palliative are geared towards next year and who knows what happens between now and next year.
“To me, the speech has not addressed the real problems. I believe it was just a ploy to destabilize the NLC and drop them from carrying out their planned protest, ” he said.
Mr Bethel Okereke, Marketing Manager, Sun Newspaper, said the speech was vague and not direct to the point.
Okereke said the speech fell short of expectation from Nigerians, especially in the area of palliatives.
Giving students buses is no palliative because NANS president will just be using the bus and what happens to the rest of the students,” he said.
Meanwhile, an Enugu based businesswoman, Mrs Gladys Agueze urged Nigerians to be patient with the present administrations in the state and federal levels to give them benefits of doubt.
” Let us be watching as things unfold. Our businesses are closed and prices of food and transportation have skyrocketed but we will survive. Let’s be patient,” she said.