23 May 2016
Amid the various chain reactions to the Federal Government’s removal of fuel subsidy, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu have declared their acceptance of the development, stating that Nigerians will reap the reward in the future.
Speaking at a special thanksgiving service organised by Apostle Charles Osazuwa, Senior Pastor and founder of Rock of Ages Christian Assembly International, RACAi, Benin City, to round off a seven-day programme of the church, yesterday, Oshiomhole said that the former government of President Goodluck Jonathan spent as much as N1.2 trillion on fuel subsidy.
Oshiomhole believes that the fundamental and economic baselines are different from what it used to be years ago. He stated that it wasn’t the best idea that the Federal Government spends more than half its earnings on fuel subsidy. He noted that this will result in the negligence of other projects. In order for us to move further, he added that Nigerians will have to bear some pains before reaping gains.
He said, “I have listened to our chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and he reminded us that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Kachikwu, has been under fire. I believe the fire will continue for some time. Despite what he is going through, the Minister recognised that we can’t be too busy to come to the church to ask God to help us to do the job.”
Also speaking was the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu who insisted that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is a government out to give the change they promised, explaining that present situations would not continue to linger.