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February 22, 2024
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Akume to Nigerians: Trust the process, we’re working to ease pain of petrol price hike 

The secretary-general to the government of the federation (SGF), George Akume, has disclosed that President Bola Tinubu remain dedicated to fulfilling his commitment to enhancing the well-being of Nigerians.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Akume reeled out actions the Tinubu administration is taking to fulfill the All Progressives Congress (APC) manifesto.

According to him, some of the plan is to stabilize the surging price of petrol in the country.

Recall that the president in his inaugural speech on May 29, announced the removal of petrol subsidy which immediately led to a hike in the pump price of the product across the country.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, which raised the petrol price at its retail outlets, cites market forces as the reason behind the adjustment.

However, speaking on the situation, Akume said Tinubu’s vision to restore the country has been in the works for decades and that the president is addressing the solution.

He asked citizens to be patient while the government unveils a plan to improve the country’s economy.

“As our team takes shape, I want to remind you all that @officialABAT came prepared- he came with a plan. He knows what to do & he is doing it. He has nurtured this vision for decades and he is now bringing it to life #TheAsiwajuPlan,” the SGF tweeted.

“As a government, we have heard your cries about fuel price increases, and be rest assured, we are working round the clock to normalize & bring solutions that ease the pain. Our job is to give you the quality of life you deserve when you wake up. So far, we are on course.

The former Benue state governor described the petrol subsidy regime as regressive, adding that the annual payments were not sustainable and that Tinubu “had to act”.

The SGF however noted that the immediate effect is not favorable, he asked Nigerians to be patient.

“To this end, we are already working out modalities to ensure market forces normalize pricing while we drive policies that better your lives & boost your earning power. We have a clear economic restoration plan, so I urge you to trust the process,” he said.

Akume said Tinubu’s actions of unifying the exchange rate and rejigging the country’s security architecture were proof of his commitment to using strong measures in securing the country’s future.

“Deregulation is only the first part of this process/plan. Other health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, and more measures will come on stream soon. #HolisticSolution #NigeriaISBack,” the SGF added.

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