Zonal Coordinator, Agriculture and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria, Comrade Ayodejo Oladele, has declared total support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s intention to remove fuel subsidy, commencing from 2016.
Oladele noted that he was not oblivious of the fact that the opposition being mounted by organised labour, led by the President, Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, but advised the labour leaders to take cognisance of the fact that such money could be channelled towards developing agriculture and mining. “The proposed oil subsidy removal is not out of place.”
The labour leader, who is the Secretary of the Joint Negotiating Council in Ekiti, commended the federal government for disclosing that savings from oil subsidy removal would be used to develop agriculture and mining sectors, describing the proposal as the best for the country for now.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Oladele lamented that the country has continued to witness fuel scarcity in spite of the payment of subsidy to marketers due to alleged sharp practices by operators.
He said every state in the country must join the fray to develop agriculture, tourism and mining sectors in view of the plummeting economic fortunes of the country, praising Governor Ayodele Fayose for initiating free-land to public servants policy to boost agriculture in Ekiti.
Oladele stated that it will be better for Nigerians to buy petrol at N97 per litre under an atmosphere conducive than allowing few marketers to continue to feed fat on oil subsidy funds at the expense of the poverty-stricken Nigerian masses.
“Government pays more than one trillion naira annually on oil subsidy but in spite of that, we continue to witness scarcity. The pump price now sold hovers between N120 and N150.
“If the FG can remove the subsidy and use it to fund agriculture, mining and tourism, this will palliate the sufferings of the people, because there will be employment, food security and low food price.
“Payment of oil subsidy has not in any way paid off, except we are deceiving ourselves. With this dwindling oil revenue in the international market, the best option is to remove oil subsidy and develop other critical sectors to re-energise this dying economy,” he
Commending the free-land for farming policy of Governor Fayose, the labour leader appealed to all the civil servants in all the 16 local government areas of the state to fully embrace the policy to take Ekiti to the front burner in food production.

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