Subsidy does not benefit the south east, Nwuche tells Buhari.

Former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Chibudom Nwuche has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to remove oil subsidy, saying that is the only way to tackle corruption.
Nwuche said that the continued subsidization of petroleum products will only benefit the rich while the supposedly poor masses get poorer.
The former Deputy Speaker spoke to Journalists in Abuja at the weekend.
He called on the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN and the organized labour to support the president for the removal of the subsidy.
According to him, the subsidy does not also benefit most people in the south east and south south zones of the country.
He said: “I used to be in the Oil and Gas sector before going into politics. I believe that subsidy is not good for Nigeria. I say this without bias in the sense that those who benefit from the subsidy are not the poor. It is those traders who engaged in slope, who engage in round tripping that benefit from the subsidy.
“Which subsidy of petroleum products? People are buying the products above the controlled price. I don’t think you can buy AGO at the official price in Ekeremor or in Ahoada.
“The price is determined by the middlemen and the dealers. So the subsidy they are paying is to enrich those people to buy private jets at our expense. IPMAN and the rest of the Labour unions should come together and support the president to remove subsidy. It is a waste of money. It is fraudulent. It is allowing corruption.”
Nwuche who was a former Federal Lawmaker between 1999 and 2003 also appealed to present Buhari not to forget the people of Niger delta in his government.
He specifically urged him dredge the Calabar sea port and site projects in the zone to develop the area.
“We want the Buhari’s government to see our people from the South-South as his people. The South-South has traditional alliance with the north until today.That alliance was strengthened from Tafawa Balewa’s time. Our people will give his government all the support he needs to realise his objectives for Nigeria. In return we want him to take us as his own and assist us to site projects in our area.
“To empower our youths, many of whom are jobless and to empower our businessmen who didn’t get any patronage from the government for so many years. For instance, if you look at the South-South, the major road from the Refinery in Portharcourt to Bayelsa, Yenagoa to Benin the road is not good, nothing has been done and as far as Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers State, the road is in a total disrepair.
“We urge him to assist us to make that road function. And there is also the issue of Calabar Sea Port which is important to us. Our traders have to land their goods in Lagos and then pay an additional cost by road to take them to Portharcourt and the East. That is not necessary. We want them to dredge the Calabar port and make it functional to be an International Sea port like in Lagos. It will help Nigeria and it is also even nearer to some parts of the North than Lagos. Those from Benue State doing business get their goods from Lagos.
“If the Calabar port is made functional, they can get their goods from there, likewise some parts of the North. So our priorities should be to dualize and repair the road from Calabar to Akwa Ibom through Aba to Portharcourt, then through Ikot Abasi to Portharcourt and then from Portharcourt to Bayelsa to Edo State.
“These are the major routes in the South-South and that is where the oil production and distribution to all parts of the country is carried out. He should also ensure that our people are given their fair share of appointments at the federal level because we are one country and we have our own problems in the South-South”, he said.

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