Northern youths oppose FG’s plan to remove fuel subsidy, threaten protests

NORTHERN youths, under the aegis of the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), have opposed the Federal Government’s plan to remove fuel subsidy in the country.

The youths on Thursday, April 6, threatened mass action across the 19 Northern states and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), if the Federal Government goes ahead with plans to remove subsidy.

The Federal Government intends to finally remove subsidy on petroleum products in June this year and already, the government has revealed plans to disburse $800 million secured from the World Bank to 10 million vulnerable Nigerians for post-subsidy palliatives.

“There is a provision in the Petroleum Industry Act that says 18 months after the effectiveness of the PIA that all petroleum products must be deregulated. That 18 month takes us to June 2023.

“Also, when we were working on the 2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the Appropriation Act, we made that provision to enable us to exit fuel subsidy by June 2023,” Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed said while announcing the planned post-subsidy palliatives.

However, reacting to the Federal Government’s plan in a statement on Thursday, the Northern youths said any attempt to remove subsidy would be resisted.

In the statement signed by President of the NYCN, Isa Abubakar, the Northern youths raised concerns over the potential impact of subsidy removal on the country’s struggling economy and the Nigerian people.

They also expressed fears that any palliative measures put in place to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal would be looted by corrupt individuals, just like the COVID-19 intervention funds.

The youths further called on the Nigerian government to reconsider its decision to remove subsidy, noting that it would only lead to an increase in the cost of living for the average Nigerian, who is already struggling to make ends meet.

They also urged the government to focus on implementing policies that would create jobs and stimulate economic growth.



    “We cannot afford to have another round of hardship inflicted on the Nigerian people, especially the youth who are already grappling with high unemployment rates and a lack of opportunities.

    “They should look at how some powerful governors were humiliated in the recently concluded election and understand that power now rests on the thumbs of Nigerians. Nigerians won’t forget.”

    The Northern youths vowed to resist the attempt to remove subsidy, and called on other youth organizations in the country to join in resisting the policy.

    “The Northern Youth Council of Nigeria has vowed to resist any attempt to remove the fuel subsidy and called on other youth organisations across the country to join in the fight to protect the interests of the Nigerian people,” the statement added.

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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    1. If they like let them remove it today no cause for alarm , we have made a choice and we are going to live with, I always say it , if Nigerian is working, it works for all , if its not some tribes surfers it most .


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