NOA urges citizens’ support for fuel subsidy removal

The Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Akwa Ibom, Mrs Esther Peter, has urged residents of the state to support the removal of petrol subsidy by the federal government.

Peter who made the call at a news conference in Uyo on Thursday, described the removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government as a good omen to the nation.

She said it was important for Nigerians to support the decision in the interest of economic growth and sustainable infrastructure development.

”Government has paid to subsidise the cost of petrol for a long time. This has not helped the nation. We need to support its removal,” she said.

The NOA director said that the benefits of fuel subsidy removal were numerous and capable of possitively affecting the wellbeing of Nigerians.

She said the policy would apart from  checkmating corrupt practices within the oil sector, also lead to massive infrastructure development in the country.

”The policy will also eradicate petrol smuggling to neighbouring countries and ultimately improve the nation’s  in GDP among others.

”Aleady, the current administration has pledged to channel the resources from the removal to develop other sectors to the benefit of all Nigerians.

”It is better to spend a significant portion of our budget on education, healthcare, infrastructure development,” she said.

Peter further said that the agency would take the message to sensitise Akwa Ibom people of the benefits of subsidy removal to various parts of the state.

”We shall take the sensitisation visits to traditional and religious leaders in the state to ensure effective outreach.

”As an agency, we urge Akwa Ibom people to support the policy, it is in the interest of the nation and the wellbeing of the citizens,” she said.

She urged Akwa Ibom youths to register in the ongoing  National Youth Volunteer Development Programme, in order to get enlisted for skills acquisition and professional business development trainings.