Look Beyond Cash Transfer – CAN Tells Tinubu

CAN Tells Tinubu

The Christian Relationship of Nigeria (CAN), has engaged the Central Government to look past money move as palliative to pad the impacts of the expulsion of fuel endowment.

Daniel Okoh, Leader of CAN, through an explanation on Friday in Abuja, encouraged the public authority to investigate different types of palliative like the presentation of a mass vehicle conspire.

As indicated by Okoh, the presentation of mass vehicle across states would lessen the expense of transportation.

That’s what he stated:

“The fuel subsidy palliatives being considered by the government should go beyond cash transfers. Government should consider introducing mass transport across the states to reduce the cost of transportation. The multiplier effect of this will be profound.

“Government should take measures to reduce the price of fuel. Such measures should include removal of unnecessary levies and taxes on imported petroleum products, the stabilisation of the foreign exchange market, and putting back our local refineries to functional and effective use.”

The CAN boss, who commended the all-inclusive governance of the new administration, appealed to Nigerians to be patient, saying Nigerians should “work together to build an economy that is inclusive, resilient, and offers opportunities for every Nigerian to thrive.”

CAN facilitated that the “public equilibrium found in the new arrangement of administration bosses is endearing and consoling that each fragment of the Nigerian culture is basic in the Nigerian undertaking.

“The Christian Relationship of Nigeria, subsequently, praises the organization of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for showing responsibility towards building a unified, serene, and moderate Nigeria.

“Given the massive corruption that had characterised the fuel subsidy regime over the years, there was a general consensus that the removal of fuel subsidy had become inevitable if the Nigerian economy is to experience sustainable growth. However, it was also generally agreed that this must be done in such a way that Nigerians will not be subjected to untold hardship. In other words, what is idealistic must be balanced with what is realistic.

“Against the backdrop of the recent unprecedented hikes in fuel prices and alarming inflation, the national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria wishes to express its deepest concerns over the prevailing hardships faced by Nigerians and calls for immediate steps to mitigate the situation.

“While Nigerians were trying to adjust to the initial increase in the fuel price to N540 and its consequential effect on the cost of transportation, food, goods and services, and the general cost of living, another hike alluded to market forces took the price to N617

“This has placed an enormous burden on the already struggling masses, further widening the gap between the rich and the poor and drastically eroding the purchasing power of ordinary citizens, and making it extremely difficult for them to afford the basic necessities of life.

“The circumstance is only horrendous for a large number of Nigerians who were at that point enduring destitution. While CAN recognizes the intricate and tough choices that administration should take to deal with the country’s economy, there is a pressing need to focus on measures that will mitigate instead of intensify the current destitution level and difficulties of Nigerians. It is, in this way, basic that financial approaches are formed and executed with extreme attention to detail and thought for the predominant difficulties experienced by Nigerians.

“We, therefore, appeal to the government as a matter of urgency to consider the following recommendations, among others:

“Government should engage with critical stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue to explore sustainable solutions to the current situation. It is pertinent to develop comprehensive economic policies that promote inclusive growth, job creation, and social well-being.

“Government should focus on diversifying the economy, reducing dependency on volatile commodities, and promoting investments in sectors with the potential to create sustainable employment opportunities. This will not only bolster economic resilience but also contribute to the overall well-being of citizens.

“While we agree that there is no gain without pain, the pain must not be unbearable. Consequently, we again urge the government to take into account the impact of its policies on the most vulnerable segments of the society, and ensure they are not disproportionately burdened and subjected to unnecessary hardships.

“Government must listen to the concerns of the Nigerian people and implement sound economic policies that prioritize the well-being of all citizens. By addressing the prevailing hardships caused by the recent fuel price hikes and high inflation, we can pave the way for a brighter future for Nigeria.

“May God bless Nigeria and guide our leaders in making decisions that promote the well-being and prosperity of all citizens.”


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