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ByeBye Fuel Subsidy

01/07/12

ByeBye Fuel Subsidy

*Nigeria: ByeBye Fuel Subsidy

By Amiru Adamu

When President Jonathan introduced the idea of fuel subsidy removal, many Nigerians including myself thought the idea will be dropped due to its unpopularity with Nigerians. We were further encouraged by the promises made by our legislators, that fuel subsidy will remain. This promise now seems to be a mere dream as the lawmakers themselves are gradually giving ground for the subsidy to be removed.

President Jonathan’s fuel subsidy removal will go down in history as one of the most unpopular policies forced on Nigerians by an elected government. Since the proposal of the subsidy removal Nigerians have protested, pleaded, prayed, cajoled and practically employed all means to persuade the present administration to see reason and consider the hardship that the policy will bring to the masses, but to no avail. Instead of listening to the voice of the people, which happens to be the voice of reason, the government has continued to look for ways to make this historic unpopular move look legitimate and justifiable. I recently saw Madam Ngozi (who resigned her post at the World Bank to come and make our lives a living hell) and some other pro subsidy removal government officials on NTA, discussing with a rented crowd, in the guise of putting the issue to a public debate. If the government was really interested in the will of the people, it would have dropped the idea long ago or at least call for a referendum and see how the policy would have been defeated, regardless of the attempt that will be made to manipulate the result. ( Continues below..... )

Nigerians queue up to buy fuel at a filling station

Photo Above: Nigerians queue up to buy fuel at a filling station.

What amazes me the most is the claim that the present anti masses administration is said to be a democratically elected government. For if it was a dictatorship, we can understand and let the matter rest, since we didn’t vote for it. But INEC told us, that we voted for the present administration and even provided some results to support their claim. Knowing Nigerians and their wisdom, I wonder if they could have casted their votes, for this hardship.

Anyone who goes to the market now will notice the gradual rise of prices even before the final announcement of the subsidy removal. All indicators have shown, that fuel subsidy removal is a foregone conclusion, I will like to call on Nigerians to take this sad episode as an eye opener, we should all pray for the Almighty’s intervention, keep our fingers crossed and wait for the 2015 elections, that is if the “DICTOCRATS” did not extend their tenure.

Amiru Adamu is the publisher of Northern Wind Magazine.

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55 comments

Comment from: Adeyemi [Visitor]
AdeyemiI blv everybody still remember what happened last year in libya, d same thing can happen in Nigeria.
01/07/12 @ 14:51
Comment from: Yoma [Visitor]
YomaOnly God can help
01/07/12 @ 14:54
Comment from: Ajewole. [Visitor]
Ajewole.Are you saying we as a Naija should wait till 2015. GOD FORBID.
01/07/12 @ 14:57
Comment from: Youngwızzy [Visitor]
YoungwızzyThe amount of the fuel ıs too much pls reduce ıt
01/07/12 @ 15:02
Comment from: James [Visitor]
JamesIn my opinion, this writer fails to bring to bear a balance view of the facts behind the removal of fuel subsidy in this article. The removal of fuel subsidy is the best to happen to our dear country at this time. In the next six months to one year, all those who are skeptical of this policy will surely eat their words of criticism.

I'm not a government agent nor I'm I a card carrying member of any political party in Nigeria but I strongly believe fuel subsidy removal is a good policy if well managed and I don't have any doubt that our dear president will manage it well.So, I expect this writer to present a balance view of government policy in the future.
01/07/12 @ 15:03
Comment from: Joshua Ezekiel [Visitor]
Joshua EzekielYes the 2011 election was an election that we don't expect to see the hardship. But the issues of oil subsidy removal is not the first of it kind, I could remember that the in reign of IBB there was something like this but their was not compline. Due to the religious standard of this nation the muslims in the north not wanting to be ruled by an "infidial" they said are the main causes of all this tensions. Permit me to put it into you that their are some few individuals in which are thristy for leadership thinking that if their will protest toward this administration the militry will gain control over the nation and they can do and undo. But let me make it know to all the people of this nation that the lord that send GEJ will keep him thru. Think of this.
01/07/12 @ 15:10
Comment from: Mena [Visitor]
Menahow wish Nigeria can spite into their various interest of choice! Oh God make this come true in Jesus name. I'm praying this because there is no love, peace and unity among Nigerians. we should stop pretending. Christian, muslin, juju servers, .
01/07/12 @ 15:14
Comment from: ifeanyi augustine [Visitor]
ifeanyi augustineGod wil help nigeria we wil put hope on God side di almigty one
01/07/12 @ 15:19
Comment from: Supper fly guy [Visitor]
Supper fly guyWe dont want this fuel subsidy removal please let the leaders thing abaout this because of the fuel matter now transport is now cause
01/07/12 @ 15:19
Comment from: Aishat musa apeh [Visitor]
Aishat musa apehWell spok, it is very painfull that the mr president has forgoten were ha came from, back in the days he has no sheo,no food,nd he goes to the maket to shop, now all these are histry,somany people curse the day they cast their vote to mr president nd as the God of abraham,iseac nd jacob leaves goodluck will surely pay with his life if he dint ripent.
01/07/12 @ 15:23
Comment from: steven emmmanuel [Visitor]
steven emmmanueli wander where my president came up with this greedy' idear unwelcome and painfull means of oppresing the the common nigerian masses.think again president goodluck,are u nt d goodluck we being praying for?get my advice work wt it' our country is to big;wide and to bless to face this pains wn the nightcome morning follow rmember daybreak must surely come.i u stilldreaming to return to power in 2015? if yes or no stop the removal of fuel subsidy.pls that is never a 2team project bt a 25years punishment for our great nation. i hv a sleepless night for ur elections so so give us a breath of frwsh air i rest my case call our past leaders to direct u.
01/07/12 @ 15:25
Comment from: Adigun kehinde [Visitor]
Adigun kehindeI wonder why just ordinary 150 pple will be dictating four 150 million pple rubbish let wait nd see on monday when the strike begin.
01/07/12 @ 15:31
Comment from: bagere dachollo [Visitor]
bagere dacholloi refar all dis as signs of d end time
01/07/12 @ 15:34
Comment from: John Olufemi Akingbehin [Visitor] Email
John Olufemi AkingbehinIt is a good talk, but we can wait till 2015 let us do some, let us fight this fighting together because of fought coming generation.
01/07/12 @ 15:40
Comment from: ahmed [Visitor]
ahmedfor me president gudluck need to resign becouse he is incapeble to rule nig
01/07/12 @ 15:40
Comment from: Joseph osiki [Visitor] Email
Joseph osikiIf any one did not support ur view, the person is rented. But since u are supporting other people's view, does it mean u are rented too? Can u prove to me why u should think that fuel subsidy should be our birthright. Changes are normally resisted but changes are necessary.
01/07/12 @ 15:42
Comment from: Onakpoma Eric [Visitor]
Onakpoma Ericsir, are you shull the fuel subsidy can be replace.
01/07/12 @ 15:43
Comment from: mohammed [Visitor]
mohammedplease gulo we need this scarcity of fuel settle down please
01/07/12 @ 15:46
Comment from: Jolade [Visitor]
JoladeIf this people have d fear of God they will remember their promise and do, for boko God and d blood of d innocent people will judge.
01/07/12 @ 15:47
Comment from: ANONIMOUS [Visitor]
ANONIMOUSLETS PRAY FOR MILLITARY INTERVENTION NOW, THEY HAVE FAILED
01/07/12 @ 15:48
Comment from: mohammed fausat [Visitor]
mohammed fausatThe removal of fuel subsidy will cause so much pain to the whole Nigerian, everything will surely rise up and it will affect the less privilege. Those dat have money 2 buy the fuel are not much worry about it, we are pleading to president Johnathan to please to think about the pains we are going through.
01/07/12 @ 15:52
Comment from: Yahaya Aliyu Fulani [Visitor]
Yahaya Aliyu FulaniPlease if for no interest goodluck should leave the subsidy,and am pleading to the NLC to remain on their promise,becouse they are not truethful,boko haram,insec,unploymt,minimium wage all fail,but only subsidy they are fighting for,is better we die than remain in this hardship of this govenrment
01/07/12 @ 16:05
Comment from: y t, jos. [Visitor] Email
y t, jos.Good intention does not translate to good de ed jnoanas.President Jonathan whose goodluck has taken him from obscurity to International prominence must remember that power derives from the people.Okonjo wahala will lead him to golgatha if jonathan wants praises from foreigners.
01/07/12 @ 16:22
Comment from: John Adefemi [Visitor]
John AdefemiThe government should fight corruption first before the subsidy removal.
01/07/12 @ 22:31
Comment from: chydom [Visitor] Email
chydomI dont understand what this subsidy mean to them.
01/08/12 @ 00:58
Comment from: arabanbi 10 [Visitor] Email
arabanbi 10Mr president! If this so called policy objectives wl be of blessing to we nigerians, listen to our cries 1st, implement the solutions you raised,towards subsidy removal. Then the masses we surely listen to you.But all what you are soluting now,is mercy after death. Let it be mercy before death! Simple as A B C
01/08/12 @ 02:00
Comment from: Patrick [Visitor]
PatrickThe issues raised by the Author, Aminu Adamu are to the best of consideration without the facts on ground. It is predictable and true that fuel price deregulation comes with commodity price increase. But we must remember that NOBODY TALKS OF CORRUPTION IN THE TELECOMMUNICATION INDUSTRY ANY MORE BECAUSE OF DEREGULATION (COMPARE WITH THE TIME OF NITEL AND THE STORIES THAT WENT ON THEN). Deregulation will automatically remove corruption in the petroleum industries and all our neighboring countries will not have to depend on smuggled petrol from Nigeria.
01/08/12 @ 02:09
Comment from: Joe aleje [Visitor]
Joe alejeSubsidy removal is ill timed. My president pls 1st provide parliatves. Lets have enough confidence on yr enviroment. This is rear display of bravely. But wrongly timed pls reverse it 4 nw nd gain control first
01/08/12 @ 02:27
Comment from: leonard effa [Visitor]
leonard effathough it a painful and un endurable circumstances,but i knw we can die cox GOD is our helper if the presidet says six month i beg we shuld manage..people shuld stop saying things abt the president he has been trying to his best for the better main of the citizen,he knws were he was b4 he became were he is 2day so d facts remains dat he is fighting 4 d common citizen,NOTICE.every one pass tru poverty stage b4 it bn selected 2 fight 4 our right but there all go there and joined the blood....GCFR,GOODLUCK JONATHAN is trying 4 d poor but people behind him jst wanna spoiled his government,,,look wen r dos days dat u can take 50 naira n get fod stuffs bt nw u can n d government increase salary but yet u still spent back d money i even c no nid of even increasing salary dat u can use 4 anything......my dear government are all tef,dere give with right and take with the left datz gov"t 4u.........i rest my case.
01/08/12 @ 02:39
Comment from: Mosco [Visitor]
MoscoIf through our leaders are sincere with the issue of of fuel subsidy, let them build the refineries first then nobody wld blame them for removing the subsidy.
01/08/12 @ 03:13
Comment from: Hearts [Visitor]
HeartsWe must keep up the pressure till say 2 weeks. This will force the unpopular govt to more action. 1,600 buses for a start, and the Salary cuts. Next week will be the prosecution of the subsidy beneficiaries.
01/08/12 @ 03:48
Comment from: Kelvin [Visitor]
KelvinI would want to say that the subsidy removal is ok. but it is coming at the wrong time... look at Nigeria today, no light, corruption every where.. all these this are to be tackled first before he thinks of the subsidy
01/08/12 @ 04:05
Comment from: idoko hycent [Visitor] Email
idoko hycentwhy is all this going like these? What happen in this country before increasing the price of fuel in our country, pls change your mind and make nigeria a better country as before.
01/08/12 @ 05:30
Comment from: Longman [Visitor]
LongmanAm sorry for the idiot called himself a president, because he don't know what we are passing through here in abroad his there fooling himself he better sit up because by time we will remember him earth will not contain him so he better use his tongue and count his teeth...............
01/08/12 @ 06:09
Comment from: Ijalija mohammed [Visitor]
Ijalija mohammedI beg mr president 2 start subsidy frm himself first bcs he travel all d europe courtry wit our money, all senators also travel abroad, mr president should stop insecurity in nigeria. He should tell nigerian his achievement since he enter office, one goodluck he give 2 nigerian fue subsidy, he should resign .
01/08/12 @ 08:04
Comment from: Edet Boco [Visitor]
Edet Bocopls fellow Nigerian lets understand that the poor are suffering and with what is on ground now the poor will end up dying.
01/08/12 @ 10:21
Comment from: Chinyere Gift [Visitor]
Chinyere GiftFriends dis is for our own good, d suffering is for a while, after d rain come shine.
01/08/12 @ 11:08
Comment from: wali [Visitor] Email
waliJosua you are getting it all wrong this issue is not a religious issue rather that of the survival of the masses. Pls stop this nonsense attitude of sectionalising issues. The muslim masses attend the same market as the christians, look at what is happening in our markets now. Inflation has already started growing beyond single digit how do you imagine common man will feed who previously cannot affort a single meal a day.If the GEJ Govt is bringing Busses and did not bother about inflation.Tell me of what good is a bus to a person that has not eaten a meal a day and has no hope of getting one within the day.Do you see sense in exerting hardship on all simply becouse small group enjoy the benefit of subsidy. every rational humanbeing will tell you the best option is to devise means of extending the benefit to all rahter that to deprive the small group and the larger community at the sametime. Anyway I think you too had your meal in the Nigerian budget just like GEJ that you are in support of.
01/08/12 @ 16:43
Comment from: Salami [Visitor]
SalamiI begin to wonder if you are aware of any purnishment for exerting hardship on your countrymen mr president
01/08/12 @ 16:50
Comment from: Exiled soldier 241 recce battalion. [Visitor]
Exiled soldier 241 recce battalion.goodluck jonathan,u bloody bagger,nincompoop,imbecile and above all stupidly foolishly insane to allow this,even babangida,abacha or the stupid old idiot obj who fucked his own sons wife didn,t dfo it,and u did.just expect a coup detat and u will be instantly killed.
01/08/12 @ 17:31
Comment from: ola ajayi [Visitor]
ola ajayimr badluck jonathan,is not a leader,but a misfit,who is directed by confuse sets animals in human skin.
01/08/12 @ 18:42
Comment from: Mairo [Visitor]
Mairoola Ajayi and the rest of people who don't understand and think GEJ is not fit, are alll jokers. I want every Nigeria to know and face the reality on ground now. Either GEJ or not fuel subsidy will come to be one day in this country get it very clear. We need to move.
01/09/12 @ 01:55
Comment from: Alexa [Visitor]
AlexaMost of the comment here are inspired by emotion, am yet to read any comment that is dictated by fact and figures. The president is trying his best to salvage the situation that has worsen over years of misgovernment.Those who are protesting should not just weep up people's emotion, but should also make positive suggestions on the way deregulate the economy, which we all know is the way to go, from the previous experience of National Commodity Board and Telecommunication, to mentioned a few. We should look at others economy that are doing well and see if they operate a deregulated regime or a regulated one.
01/09/12 @ 04:57
Comment from: tfk olushola [Visitor]
tfk olusholamay God bless all d pro- n anti-subsidy removal agents,4 all of u av ur reasons 4 d side u av chosen.i think subsidy removal is a gud progrm considerng all d long-time-to-mature benefts involvd bt its introductn in d systm is illtimed as d nation is embattled with many political inflictions.mr gej shld 1stly cr8 a levelled ground 4 d poor masses by tackling corruption n putting palliatves in place b4 effecting d deregulation plans.if he wnts d masses back around him,he shld tak d pump price bak 2 N65 n app
01/09/12 @ 05:46
Comment from: odoh, Gabriel M. [Visitor]
odoh, Gabriel M.Removal of fuel subsidy has come to stay with us. I only blame the President that it is ill-timed, otherwise removal of the subsidy has good intensions. With this, Nigerians will now sleep with eyes closed on subsidy. The fears of the rest of the nigerians is because of the failure on the parts of the previous administrations. I am confident that Goodluck Jonathan will deliver. Let him move the nation forward. He should approve and announce the already signed minimum wages for both the federal and state staff. Free education for primary and secondary. New and already existing refineries should be made to start working immediately. Infrastructure: roads, power, hospital, education and trasnsportation should take off immediately. Finally President should give quarterly evaluation reports to the nation on the achievement on the projects to be embarked on and give rooms for nigerians to assess their performance. Thanks.
01/09/12 @ 07:36
Comment from: joe [Visitor]
joewhy dd mr president want to kill the poor people to die finish,kerosene is already subsidies,diesel the same thing,now is fuel,is bad.let mr GEJ pay the mass at lest every month N100,000,whether u work or not then he can talk of fuel subsidy.
01/09/12 @ 10:20
Comment from: KOLOKO FROM MALAYSIA [Visitor]
KOLOKO FROM MALAYSIAI have no shoe; this is what that bad luck man called himself Good luck, told us for we to vote for him, today he has many shoes, Nigerians if we allow this fools that we called our leader the will still bring another story again, this our so called leaders have property all over Europe America south Africa name them, the still want more, the thief our money and invest it outside Nigerian and the citizen of those country are jobs because of our money we are without job,
KOLOKO FROM MALAYSIA
01/10/12 @ 00:24
Comment from: tommy [Visitor]
tommyTo the president,pls introdution of prise mointor system and enforecment after fuel subsidy removal thanks
01/10/12 @ 00:30
Comment from: Omatseyin Seyi [Visitor]
Omatseyin SeyiIt is surely inevitable that whatever man does people will always comment... some people are not just intelligent in their criticism, they are selfish and one-sided. The truth cannot be hidden, there is a good behind the subsidy removal.
01/10/12 @ 08:10
Comment from: Samuel [Visitor]
SamuelNLC leader's do we trust u, dat we r goin 2 fight it 2 de end? Coz he (Goodluck) promise us, saying if i d make it u d make it. Bt now he want 2 make it 4 himself. God act on our behave.
01/10/12 @ 18:18
Comment from: EZENWA D U [Visitor]
EZENWA D UWHICH WAY NIGERIA BY SUNNY OKOSUN WHEN NIGERIA HAS WAY BUT K
NOW WHAT DO WE HAVE TO SAY ,NORTHERNER BENT TO DESTROY NIGERIA
,REMOVAL OF SUBSIDY IS FOR REFORMATION,THIS IS NOT FIRST
OF SUCH ,WE EXPERIENCED SAP,AUSTERITY MEASURE WE DID NOT
PROTEST,B/C CHRISTIAN IS ON SEAT THAT WHY YOU PROTEST,JONA
THAN HAS GOOD PLANS FOR NIGERIA,NEW BUSES ARE INPLACE RAILWAYS
WAY IS UNDER CONSTROCTION,PLEASE LINE HIM ALONE ,HE KNOW
WHERE HE IS GOING EVERY PART OF THE WORLD IS FACING THE SA
ME PROBLESMS ,LET US FACE THE REALITY ON WHAT BOKO HARANS
ARE DOING KILLING LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, CHRISTIANS GODS PEAAPLE
01/11/12 @ 03:33
Comment from: Clement [Visitor] Email
ClementCan what came up in Libya happen right here in Nigeria... By we the Blessed Citizen's rise up and fight for Our right !
01/12/12 @ 01:01
Comment from: ENUM JUDITH [Visitor]
ENUM JUDITHlet us pray 2 god almighty 2 help nigeria out of this hardship, and also help the leader 2 keep 2 their promise. with God all things are possible so let us dont begin 2 gudge them cos God is the greatest gudge sofar.
01/12/12 @ 06:33
Comment from: Olohitai Longe [Visitor] Email
Olohitai LongeIt is sad to see that everytime we as a nation take a step forward, the greedy few in the country always find a way to push us ten feet backwards. If educated officials who spend millions of the country's money to travel abroad and enjoy the daily infrastructure put in place by those government for its people, still come back and make decisions such as these, then i do not know how much the country can take. It is time to take the affairs of the country into our own hands, especially in the age of technology and the power of the media.
01/12/12 @ 10:23
Comment from: Temisan [Visitor]
TemisanPOTENTIAL BENEFITS FROM BUDGET 2012 AND SURE-P
Against the backdrop of the recent debate on the removal of fuel subsidies , and the calculated misinformation being peddled by opponents of this policy, it is pertinent to highlight, in more tangible terms, some of the significant allocations that have been made to essential sectors of the economy, both in the 2012 budget as well as the recently-launched Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). This programme is a 3—4 year programme designed to mitigate the immediate impact of the removal of fuel subsidy and accelerate economic growth through investments in critically-needed infrastructure.

It is noteworthy that, while the 2012 budget allocated the best possible amounts to these critical projects, additional resources are allocated to the same projects in the SURE programme to ensure that they are completed at faster rates than envisioned in the 2012 budget. Some of the projects and allocations are as follow:

WORKS
• N11bn is allocated to the Abuja-Lokoja road in the 2012 Budget, with an additional N14bn from the SURE-P.
• N6bn is allocated to Benin-Ore-Shagamu, with an additional N16.5bn to be financed through SURE-P.
• N3bn is allocated to Port-Harcourt–Onitsha road, with an additional N5bn from the SURE-P.
• Similarly, N18.5bn is allocated to Kano-Maiduguri road, with an additional N1.5bn from SURE-P.
• Provision is made in the 2012 budget for construction of the Second Niger Bridge (N2bn) and Oweto Bridge (N3.5bn). An additional N5.5bn and N4bn would be spent on both bridges respectively from the SURE-P.
• Provision of N23.5bn is made for maintenance of roads and bridges across the country through Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

POWER
• The total amount allocated to the power sector (including Bulk Trader, Nelmco, and Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) and PHCN privatization) is N248bn.
• A sum of N392 million allocated to Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company and N650 million for Bulk Trader.
• In the 2012 Budget Proposal, a sum of N3.7bn is allocated to the Kaduna Dual Fired Power Plant.
• Similarly, N2bn is allocated for the completion of the small and medium hydro-electric power plants Oyan Dam Hydro Power (Ogun state).
• A sum of N2.2bn is allocated for feasibility studies regarding the establishment of coal fired power plants.
• Additionally, N155bn will be spent on Power projects (Mambilla power plant, Coal Power Plant and Small Hydro power plants) through the SURE-P over the period 2012-2015.

AGRICULTURE & RURAL DEVELOPMENT
• The total allocation to the sector is N78.98bn
• N4bn is allocated to research and mechanisation
• Provision of N1.22bn is made for the construction of access roads to each of the 6 Staple Crop Processing Zones.
• Value Chain: N720 million is allocated to the development of value chains in cocoa, rice, maize, livestock, cotton and others sectors.
• N1bn is allocated to the Price stabilisation scheme.
• N610 million to facilitate for the access to credit, fertilizers and seeds.
• An additional sum of US$500m is expected from Development Finance Institute to support the sector.

TRANSPORT
• Rail lines: The 2012 budget allocates N3.95bn, N3.15bn and N3.35bn to the construction and completion of Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan and Ajaokuta-Warri rail lines respectively. In addition, the SURE-P allocates N11.6bn to the Abuja-Kaduna line and N9.3bn to the Lagos-Ibadan line.
• Provision of N800mn is made for the procurement of wagons, coaches and locomotives.
• Dredging project: N1.2bn is allocated to the dredging of Lower River Niger (Warri-Baro).

EDUCATION
• The total allocation to the sector is N400bn
• N11.6bn is allocated for existing universities.
• N7.7bn is allocated for the restructuring to Unity Schools.
• National Teachers Institute: The 2012 budget allocates N3.5bn to the retraining of teachers for basic education and training in innovative teaching.
• Moreover, an additional N24.6bn will be spent on vocational training centres from the SURE-P.

HEALTH
• N4.6bn is allocated to the Polio eradication programme
• N3.5bn is allocated to the procurement of HIV/AIDS Drugs
• The sum of N174 million is allocated to Integrated maternal, newborn and child health strategy, including capacity building, and promoting school health initiatives.
• N8.42bn is allocated to Federal University Teaching Hospitals.
• N6bn and N3.6bn are allocated to the procurement of vaccines and midwifery service scheme respectively.
• An additional N73.8bn will be spent on Maternal and Child heath from SURE-P.

AVIATION
• Various Airports: N22.2bn is allocated for the modernization of airport terminals and upgrading of facilities in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ADMINISTRATION
• N3.1bn is allocated to the construction of a 20,000m3/hr lower Usuma dam Water Treatment Plants.
• N2.5bn is allocated to the construction of Cultural and Millennium Tower.
• N1.25bn is allocated to the Development of Idu Industrial Area (1b Engineering Infrastructure).
• Various road projects including the completion of roads B6, B12 and circle road (N4bn), rehabilitation and expansion of airport Expressway (N7.53bn).

NIGER DELTA
• East-West Road (Section I—V): The 2012 budget allocated N22.2bn to this road. In order to accelerate its completion, an additional N21.7bn is allocated in 2012 from the SURE programme.

WATER RESOURCES
• N1.2bn is allocated to the construction of Central Ogbia Regional Water Project.
• A total of N4bn are allocated to the construction of dams.
• Other provision for water facilities (i.e. regional water supply scheme) of N8bn.
• Rehabilitation of river Basin authorities (12 nos) of N13.91bn.
• Moreover, over the period 2012-2015 an additional N205.5bn will be invested in rural water scheme, water supply scheme, irrigation scheme and other water related projects from SURE-P.




These projects will not only significantly improve the country’s infrastructure, but will also create millions of jobs for Nigerians. This struggle is not between the government and Nigerians, because government is squarely on the side of the people. The fight is between the government and Nigerians on one side, and persons who are bent on continuing their age-long “milking” of the system for their personal benefits on the other side.

Please let us support government’s efforts at defeating these persons, and creating a better country for all Nigerians.
01/12/12 @ 11:36

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