CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA URGES GOVERNMENT TO ALLEVIATE BURDEN OF FUEL PRICE HIKE
By Jerry Igbugh
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the Nigerian government to alleviate the burden on the Nigerian masses caused by the recent hike in the price of petrol. CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, stated that while the removal of fuel subsidy is necessary for sustainable economic growth, it must be done in a way that does not subject Nigerians to untold hardship.
In a statement, Archbishop Okoh expressed concern over the hardships faced by Nigerians due to the recent fuel price increases and inflation. He emphasized that the continuous hikes have placed an enormous burden on the struggling masses, widening the gap between the rich and the poor and eroding the purchasing power of ordinary citizens, making it difficult for them to afford basic necessities of life.
CAN urged the government to prioritize measures that alleviate poverty and hardships faced by Nigerians. It called on the government to diversify the economy, reduce reliance on volatile commodities, and promote investments in various sectors. The Christian body also suggested measures to reduce the price of fuel, such as removing unnecessary levies and taxes on imported petroleum products, stabilizing the foreign exchange market, and making local refineries functional and effective.
CAN further recommended the introduction of mass transport across the states to reduce the cost of transportation, which would have a profound multiplier effect on the Nigerian economy.
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In conclusion, CAN urged the Nigerian government, under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu, to take immediate steps to mitigate the situation and alleviate the burden on the already burdened masses.