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Lagos CAN Chairman supports fuel subsidy removal, urges accountability

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Lagos CAN Chairman supports fuel subsidy removal, urges accountability
The Lagos state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has voiced support for the fuel subsidy removal decision by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Bishop Stephen Adegbite, while urging organised labour to halt further protest actions, emphasized the need for judicious use of funds that would have been used to subsidize fuel. He also highlighted the importance of sustainable prosperity for Nigerians and urged the government to deliver on its promises.

FCT, Abuja - The Lagos state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Stephen Adegbite, has thrown his weight behind the fuel subsidy removal decision by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, stating that Nigerians have more to gain from it.

Adegbite, who is also the Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ikeja Diocese, spoke on Thursday, August 3rd, at a media conference in Abuja, Daily Trust reported.

While urging the organised labour to shelve further action against the government, Adegbite noted that Tinubu's administration has a plan on the ground to ensure local refining of petroleum.

He said,

"It is good to know that labour has resolved to suspend its protest marches. My message to NLC and TUC is that if there is any need for a call to action, it should be for the judicious and accountable use of the funds that would otherwise have been used to subsidize fuel.

"Yes, the removal of fuel subsidy will come with some pains. In fact, a good number of needed policy changes will come with some pains. I believe a fight for the people is not just about their immediate comfort but more about their sustainable prosperity."

The cleric added that as a Christian, he has a duty to address these issues, and the Tinubu administration should know that his support is based on trust for them to deliver on their promises and uphold the interests of Nigerians.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Thursday, August 3rd, slammed the federal government of Nigeria with a fresh threat.

The leadership of the NLC has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike on August 14, 2023, should the Federal Ministry of Justice fail to withdraw the lawsuit filed against organized labour.

Ajaero said NEC agreed;

"To embark on a nationwide comprehensive strike beginning Monday, 14th of August, 2023 if this contemptuous court summons is not withdrawn by whosoever initiated it."

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has refuted President Bola Tinubu's claim that over N1 trillion has been saved since his government stopped paying for fuel subsidy.

Speaking during the ongoing nationwide protest of organised labour, Comrade Joe Ajaero, the NLC president, said the Federal Government's committee put together to negotiate with the unions revealed that no money was saved since the subsidy was removed.

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