…Asks PDP to cajole its cronies to return stolen fuel subsidy loot
BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – Over five years after taking over government, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday said that increase in price of petroleum products is as a result of successive Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governments that foisted on the country a corruption-tainted fuel subsidy regime.
It therefore called on the PDP to surprise itself and indeed Nigerians by cajoling its cronies who ran the subsidy rackets of which many of them in hiding abroad, to return the stolen commonwealth in their possession.
In a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the APC said that under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the tortuous fuel queues as a result of biting scarcities are gone.
The ruling party also said that the reviewed petroleum products pricing template has resulted in a more transparent, efficient and realistic pricing system for petroleum products and also resulted in constant availability of fuel nationwide.
It said the pricing template now reflects competitive and market driven components which is supported by the citizenry.
According to the APC; “In an effort by this administration to put an end to estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity, President Buhari recently directed a nationwide mass metering programme for electricity consumers in the country.
“For the PDP that is only concerned with pushing the interests of its few cronies over the general interest and welfare of the citizenry, we don’t expect the PDP to grasp the import of this landmark presidential directive which aside improving electricity and service delivery, is also protecting the poor and vulnerable Nigerians from increased electricity tariff and arbitrary/estimated billings.
“Commendably, the federal government is already working to ensure that Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) commit to increasing the number of hours of electricity supply every day and also improve on their quality of service.
“Perhaps the PDP is also unaware that the current administration has approved a one-year waiver of import levy on electricity meters, so that Nigerians who do not have meters can be supplied as early as possible at a reasonable cost,” the ruling party said.
The APC called on the PDP to wake up to the new Nigeria where the government works for the citizens not a few interests.